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.
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
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
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
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.