106 Best People of the Year

The 106 best people of the year are:

106. US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.): She is a lot more progressive than I thought.

105. SEIU

104. GOP Choice: Its members have promised to go to war against the extreme, misogynist wing of its party.

103. Oprah Winfrey

102. Sady: She is one of the up-and-coming bloggers in the progressive movement.

101. Katherine Heigl

100. US Rep. Anthony Weiner: He challenged the conservatives to put up or shut up.

99. Danny Dunaway of Williston

98. Ellen DeGeneres

97. Charris Bowers: She defended herself from marital rape.

96. Lilly Ledbetter

95. Patti Scialfa

94. Meghan McCain: She is much more moderate than her father or any other Republican.

93. Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter (D-Orangeburg)

92. Sandra Bullock: She takes on sexism and ageism in the television and film industry.

91. Jennifer Aniston.

90. Peter Gabriel

89. Denise Mitchell of Columbia

88. Bob Bentley of Greenwood: He tells it like it is — progressives HATE the Fairness Doctrine and that it has been progressives that have been fighting for the last 22 years to get rid of the ‘balance’ rule when it comes to discussing abortion.

87. Nicholas Stefanov

86. Victor Reilly of Aiken

85. Rihanna

84. US Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.)

83. Joaquin Godoy of Aiken

82. US Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (D-Ohio)

81. Arielle Smith of Washington, Ga.

80. US Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (R-Texas)

79. US President Barack Obama

78. Marina Fanouraki: She set fire to a rapist’s penis.

77. Rep. Barney Frank

76. Jim Reid of Evans, Ga.: He calls out the conservatives for not taking responsibility for their destruction of this nation.

75. US Sen. Claire McCaskill (D- Mo.)

74. Janet Napolitano

73. James Buckmaster: The craigslist founder bullied South Carolina when the state decided to bully him.

72. Phil Cook of Columbia: He is right on — Christians should embrace liberal ideology instead of conservative ideology.

71. David Souter

70. Sonia Sotomayor: She became the first Hispanic (and third woman) to serve on the Supreme Court in the summer.

69. US Sen. Jeanne Shaneen (D-N.H.)

68. US Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.): She rightfully tore up the male pols a few weeks ago when debating the first Nelson Amendment.

67. Gov. Beverly Perdue (D-N.C.)

66. Harry Connick Junior: He rightfully ripped the racist skit in the world down under.

65. Sen. Brad Hutto (D-Orangeburg)

64. Sen. Todd Rutherford (D-Columbia)

63. Sharon Stone

62. Judy Blume

61. Gloria Greenbaum: This powerful political wife from Augusta has confronted the conservatives’ obstructionist agenda.

60. Yoko Ono

59. Amanda Terkel

58. Frank Dougherty of Chapin

57. Ellie Smeal, founder of the Feminist Majority

56. US Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.)

55. N.Y. Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava: She was vindicated by a vote that put Bill Owens into the Congress.

54. Samerra Thurmond of Augusta, Ga.

53. Andy Reese of Augusta, Ga.: He tells the truth about the conservatives. Conservatives only care about getting back in power.

52. Les Paul: He created rock & roll.

51. Laura Bagwell of Aiken

50. Shawn Kalmus of Kansas City

49. Gov. Jay Nixon (D-Mo.): He vetoed a bill that would have repealed the Miz state law requiring helmet use.

48. Erin Andrews

47. Cara Kulwicki from the Curvature

46. Choice Matters: the antis don’t like the fact that Choice Matters is telling the truth about their agenda.

45. US Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.)

44. Vicki Robertson: This judge supports freedom for Oklahoma women, while the pols support enslaving women in the Sooner State.

43. Janeane Garofalo

42. Joan Walsh

41. US Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.): He told the truth about the conservatives’ health plan.

40. Elizabeth Barnes

39. Joni Ellsworth of North Augusta

38. Sistersong

37. Ashley Judd

36. Gloria Feldt

35. Kathleen Sebelius

34. Gloria Steinem: She said it correctly — women need coverage for abortion more than they need coverage for breast cancer.

33. State Rep. Lon Burman (D-Texas)

32. Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-Mich.)

31. Cecile Richards and Planned Parenthood

30. US Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.): He is the only person in our Congressional delegation that is even representing us right now.

29. US Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.): She is throwing the gauntlet down against the anti-choice Dems.

28. US Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.): She too is tired of the games the anti-choice right is playing with women’s health care.

27. US Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.): He made a big first impression in the US Senate by introducing and passing a bill that would deny funding to contractors who rape their female employees.

26. Nancy Keenan and NARAL

25. US Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.)

24. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

23. R.E.M.: The Athens, Ga. music group rightfully railed against the Senate’s gutting of health care reform.

22. Marjorie Signer president of the Virginia NOW

21. US. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.): She introduced a bill that would hold murderous contractors to the same ethical standard that the wingnuts want to hold ACORN to.

20. Dr. Leroy Carhart: He has purchased Dr. Tiller’s clinic

19. US Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.)

18. US Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.): She rightfully ripped the sexist male pols over abortion.

17. Rachel Maddow

16. Arianna Huffington

15. Madonna

14. US Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.): He told it like it is — Congress is controlled by special interests and crooked corporations.

13. Marla Patrick: the Kansas NOW member has gained national prominence since Tiller’s assassination

12. Harold Meyerson: He tells the truth about ACORN

11. Gail Collins


9. Daisy Deadhead

8. Terri O’Neill and the National Organization for Women

7. Nancy Northup and the Center for Reproductive Rights

6. Dr. Warren Hern: His quote is the best quote of the year: ‘the only difference between the Taliban and anti-abortion fanatics is 8,000 miles.’

5. Mary Beth Mazza-Pierucci

4. Dr. George Tiller: America’s OB-GYN was assassinated on May 31.

3. The Williston-Elko football team and its coaches (including head coach Dwayne Garrick).

2. Jackie Chelsea Marie Edwards of Williston: she is a strong, independent, beautiful badass. Oh and yeah, she just recently graduated from Williston-Elko High School.

The Best Person of the Year for 2009 is … … … The Williston-Elko High School cheerleaders: Jalen Reed, Erika Lax, Charnita Mack, Alex Tobin, Tira Tobin, Kiana Grant, Celie Garrick, Amber Coleman, Shy Davia Baxley, Bryana Dyches, Anna Fletcher Valetine, Mary Scott Valentine, Berlene Shipes, Summer Gainey, Lorena Nuño, Kayla Blume, Ashley Nix, Karisma Young, Desiree Watford, Kakaye Peeples, A’mircal Simmons, Genaria Porter and my cousin Acacia Williams.