In the November 27, 2006 issue of Time Magazine, the editors decided to ask “prominent individuals, including previous Persons of the Year, whom they would choose” as Time’s Person of the Year for 2006. Among those asked were:
Bill and Melinda Gates: They described their choice for Person of the Year as follows:
[Over the past thirty years] he has focused on big issues: waging peace, fighting disease and building hope. [He] has inspired us and countless others across the political spectrum by tirelessly living his own advice: “The worst thing that you can do is not to try.”
Their choice: Jimmy Carter, proving that Bill and Melinda’s operating systems have obviously crashed.
Arianna Huffington: She described her pick as follows:
A lifelong hawk, he was willing to tell the truth to the American people about the Iraq war and helped make it the central issue in the 2006 campaign. When he spoke out against the war, he followed his gut and his conscience. In the process, he moved the people–and the polls.
Her choice: John Murtha, proving that you can have a shitload of money and still be dumb as a bag of hammers.
I’m heading over to the Post to try to calm my gag reflex with a couple of brewskies.