Since we didn’t get around to any sort of TIME magazine-like “Person of the Year” award, it was decided to come up with something similar yet altogether different and… much more fun. Without any further ado, its time to kick off Beers with Demo’s first annual “skunkies” (because what’s the worst thing that could happen to your beer… besides spilling it?)
Like Time Magazine’s this award is certainly not an “honor” but unlike the Time award there is a “standard” of sorts in the way of incompetence, ineptitude, cowardice, skullduggery and general god-awfulness that needs to be attained by each of our nominees.
Ladies and Gents, the nominees:
The NIE Report on Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Program: The NIE is pretty darn sure that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program back in ’03 and won’t start it up again… until they do. From the people who brought you the botched Iraq WMD assessments comes this report with a enough wiggle room in it to do the Twist. Of course, this was spun as a huge PR victory for Mahmoud Ahmedinejad over imperialist neo-con-in-chief, George Bush (our thoughts on this matter here) but at the end of the day, we would just like to remind everybody that whatever certainty can be extracted from this report… its still, as the very title would suggest, just an estimate.
Harry Reid/Nancy Pelosi: This two-headed hydra swept into power this past January promising to bring change to Capitol Hill. Performing a bean count of their “accomplishments” or attempting to quantify just how it is they changed the culture of D.C., however, would be too restrictive and narrowly focused…. one has to step back and take in the big picture with respect to these two. So let’s just say that Harry and Nancy enjoyed broad bi-partisan support for making the collective legislative bodies over which they preside some of the lowest rated ev-ah in terms of public approval. Incompetence of this magnitude is never accomplished through mere negligence but only through a day-in and day-out effort to secure failure and defeat at every turn. Harry, Nancy… Congratulations on your nomination! (wild applause)
Mahmoud Ahmedinejad: You didn’t think we’d forget about this guy, did ya? In quite an eventful weeklong stay here in the U.S. which included speeches at the U.N. and Columbia University where by inference he claimed Iran had a cure for AIDS, brother Mahmoud catapulted himself to the top of the International Bad Actor’s Club, an august body that counts Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro and Kim Jong-Il among dues-paying members. (For archived posts search: “Mahmoud”)
That’s it. Get ye to the polls and as always….. write-ins are highly encouraged.