UPDATE (Tuesday, Dec.22) – We have 8 nominees so far, all conservatives, but anyone of any political persuasion can be nominated. Go for it!
UPDATE (Monday, Dec.21) – Nomination Criteria: Okay, nominations are coming in furious if not fast, and it looks like we might even be able to put this thing to a vote sometime in the next little while. But in order to make sure we’re comparing apples and apples, we need to establish some parameters. Therefore, the nominations are limited to the Canadian blogosphere. Nominees can be righties, lefties or inbetweenies — the nomination criteria is Demonstrable Bad Craziness, such as balb suggests:
Commitment to self-contradiction (must be demonstrated by example); demonstrated preference for ideology vs. reality (examples, please); acknowledgment of psychotropic medication a definite advantage; extra points for periodic outbursts of uncontrollable verbal rage: tendency to argue on the basis of a sudden revelation vouchsafed only to the blogger; periodic absences while in treatment or recovery; insistence on secret, integrated global conspiracy of Bad Guys.
Nominees will be screened by an independent panel of still-to-be-recruited non-partisan types who will break it down to the top 5, then we’ll vote.
ALSO: It would be helpful if you could post a link to an example of your nominee’s bad craziness.
MOVED to the top: We’ll start taking nominees in earnest this week. Please post your nomination in the comments with a link to evidence of brain damage. Meanwhile, balb makes a strong case for Scenty.
It is that time of year again — no, not just the time when visions of Santa’s sugar plums dance in your head, but the time for Top Ten lists of everything.
In the spirit of the season, Salon has a Top Ten list of CRAZY:
The staff and readers of Salon had a big debate over choosing Glenn Beck our “Crazy Person of the Year.” As we stated in the introduction to “The Year in Crazy,” we disqualified certain media stars — Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly — and some GOP leaders — Sarah Palin and Liz Cheney — whose crazy behavior was purely opportunistic. We rejected prominent people who had a crazy belief or two — Whoopi Goldberg casting doubt on the moon landing — but didn’t seem driven by crazy.
Only one man was crazy enough to possibly trick us. Only one man stood on a media platform comparable to O’Reilly’s and Limbaugh’s, and delivered a crazy shtick that was so over the top that sometimes you’d say: He doesn’t believe any of this, right? The tears, the shaking, the hysteria — it’s all an act, right? And sometimes you’d say, “Get the nets, Fox News!”
Yes, that man is Glenn Beck, and we come down on the side of “Get the nets!” An overview of Beck’s career shows that his success is equal parts talent, timing, cruelty and crazy.
…and I can’t argue with a list of Crazy topped by profiles in brain damage like Glenn Beck, Orly Taitz and Michelle Bachmann. But Teh Crazy is a very competitive field, and many worthy contenders didn’t make Salon’s cut. (The entire teabagger movement, for one — although that would have to be a collective award, and teabaggers don’t hold with no commie collectivism.)
Have another look at the list — who would you have added? Better yet, what about Canada — are we not crazy? also? I can think of a couple of Canadian bloggers who’d be extremely competitive if we were to top-ten our own crazies. What do you think?