Who Should Have Been Time's Person of the Year?

By far, though, the lion’s share of the readers’ votes went to Sarah Palin. While I freely admit approaching this issue from the position of a non-fan, the thought of it sent me into gales of laughter. The Sarahnator’s legions of adoring fans provided various reasons for the nomination, including her much touted book tour and her masterful yet socially influential usage of Twitter and Facebook. But after further consideration, I began to wonder if perhaps Governor Palin really was qualified. And, if so, might we have missed some other possible candidates?

While the award is ostensibly geared for accomplishments in the calendar year 2009, if we stretch out the window a bit more we can generate a list of prerequisites to find other, equally qualified choices. These should obviously include:

  • Writing (or having ghost written for you) a book which moves substantial numbers of copies
  • Losing an election (either general or … a primary)
  • Quitting their current elected office prior to finishing the full term
  • Being selected by a more successful electoral warrior for another position (either as a campaign running mate or, for example, a cabinet position)

Can we think of another influential, famous woman who ticks all of those boxes? Why, indeed we can! And yet not one of Mr. Morrissey’s readers was considerate enough to suggest that Time magazine bestow this hallowed honor upon Hillary Clinton.

I hope Time keeps up this tradition well into the future, though. Even if we don’t exactly flock to the stores to buy up every copy, it should at least continue to provide us with years of entertainment each holiday season.

And in the end, our reactions to their choices, as well as our own preferences among the also-rans, will probably prove more instructive and revealing than anything you’ll find between the covers of the magazine