9 People We're Hoping Will Just Shut Up and Go Away in 2017

Here my list of the most tiresome people, most likely to get me to change the channel, shut out a conversation, or quit reading. Some of them actually agree with me on many issues, but … enough already!

9. Black Lives Matter

Marcus Mulberry, of Steelton, marches with others down Third Street during a Baltimore solidarity rally, Saturday, May 2, 2015 in Harrisburg, Pa. (James Robinson/ via AP)

Will the Left in this country finally figure out what a crucial role Black Lives Matter had in electing Donald Trump?

Or maybe, they will finally figure out that BLM is hurting the black lives that really matter—innocent people living among criminals. (Okay, that’s a fantasy, I admit.)

I get it, having a Community Organizer in Chief made liberals forget the actual lessons of the ’60s and ’70s — and that chaos cost them. Will they learn it again? Doubtful. The Social Justice Warriors of today and those who are clinging to the myths of their glorious past are too entrenched in the Democratic Party.

So, it’s the Russians’ fault.

8. Matthew Dowd


The self-proclaimed herald of the radical middle not only missed the Trump phenomenon, which was based in the radical middle, he pronounced on This Week on ABC the Sunday before the election that Hillary Clinton would likely approach 400 electoral votes.

Since the election, he’s just gotten downright angry and for some reason thought this was a good, moderate thing to tweet out on Christmas Eve:

7. Katrina Pierson

While I think that Trump could have made a more creative choice than Sean Spicer for White House press secretary, at least he’s not Katrina Pierson. In fact, Spicer’s almost the anti-Katrina Pierson. I’m sure Hurricane Katrina, like Corey Lewandowski, will form a very successful (at least for a while) PR firm to capitalize on the fame she generated in 2016. Then only her unfortunate paying clients will have to listen to her.

6. Lena Dunham

Not sure I have anything new to say here. Inclusion on this list is just a bit too obvious — but also completely unavoidable. Until she actually goes away, the question isn’t whether she’s on the list, but how high.

But even before the politics, her insistence on nakedness, when the overwhelmingly positive reviews of “Girls” on HBO suckered me into watching the premiere episode, was more than enough to say, “Please, no more!”

I suppose if I have to hear about a “first time” from you, Lena, it would be about the first time you ever shut up.

5. John Podesta

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The only thing that kept John Podesta and his Center for American Progress in the media yammering his lefty Alinskyite cliches was the assumption that Hillary would be the next president.

Now, all he can say over and over is, “The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming.”

He would be easier to take if this were his theme song:

4. The Megyn Kelly Haters


If you want critics to stop saying you have an authoritarian streak, stop demanding such complete obeisance that one tough question gets a year’s worth of torches and pitchforks.

I mean seriously, calling someone a feminist who was an early advocate that the Duke lacrosse team was framed, and who went after Rolling Stone for the rape-culture myth is just talking out of your … whatever.  Or how about saying someone is an agenda-driven liberal when her most frequent favorable guest is Marc Thiessen; and she has spent a year and a half absolutely hammering Black Lives Matter and the Baltimore pols (mentioned below). It’s just daft. It makes you the PC-SJWs of the right.

3. Colin Kaepernick


Too much has already been written about this incoherent backup quarterback who is struggling for relevance (probably to impress a woman) after finding out he can’t do his job without Jim Harbaugh.

I’ll just make this observation:  While Marilyn Mosby and Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (see below) constantly remind me of the incompetent and corrupt politicians on The Wire and Homicide: Life on the Street, every time Kaepernick gets up to talk, all I can think of is the pitiable drug addict, Bubbles, from The Wire.

2. Marilyn Mosby

She heard the mob, but after a humiliating series of defeats in her politically motivated prosecutions of cops, maybe we will be blessed to no longer hear her.

On the other hand, the give-them-space-to-destroy mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, is now an ABC commentator, so maybe Mosby is in line for an MSNBC show—which is the next best thing to being silenced.

1. Barack Obama

President Obama looks out at the crowd after speaking at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., on Dec. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Yes, your agenda was on the ballot—and it was rejected. Soundly. And soon about 85% of it will be wiped out because somebody else has a pen and a phone.

Here’s the deal, man. For some reason, people still kind of like you. I don’t get it, but there it is. But it’s based on your cool personality. If you hang around whining and acting as classlessly and as outside the American tradition as you have the past two months, that will go away, too.

Yes, that would be a good thing, but that doesn’t mean I want to endure it.