He’s not some passive racist or racist apologist either. He actively takes it upon himself to insult African Americans. It’s not that some racist did something and he said nothing, or made excuses, or that he’s indifferent to the plight of minorities. He feels he must speak out and condemn the entire race over one anecdote or things that may not even be true.
Racism is more than just terrorizing African Americans in the middle of the night with murder and beatings, or making laws to keep them from voting or having the right to go to any public school. It also includes making generalizations about an entire race as though everyone were all the same, and denigrating them as a group rather than treating them as individuals. And when you understand that, then it’s pretty clear that racism didn’t end in the 1970s, but continues on with Ted Nugent leading the pack.
And people can’t just ignore Ted Nugent as an ignorant racist, but he is relevant– he has a column in WND, appears on radio, is on the board of the NRA, and was the guest of Rep. Steve Stockman to last year’s State of the Union Address.
So you, Mr. Nugent, shall be our yardstick for racist asshole for the next year. You’ve earned it.
After triggering the government shutdown over Obamacare, he seems to be the only person in America who actually believes that President Obama and congressional Democrats were responsible for the battle, with Republicanleaders admitting that Cruz and his ultraconservative allies were responsible for the disastrous shutdown. During his faux-filibuster of the health care reform law, Cruz held himself in such high regard that he even compared himself to soldiers in World War II who suffered through the Bataan Death March.
But this is about Ted Cruz, so let’s dig into why he won.
More than anything Ted Cruz WANTED this award. He didn’t expressly say, “I want to be Asshole of the Year”, but he made the case month after month with his arrogance, his hypocrisy, and his insistence on weighing in with something mean or callous to say on every single topic of discussion. He relished being the biggest asshole in Washington.
The government shutdown is the biggest and best example of how Ted Cruz distinguished himself this year:
He talked up how shutting the government down would force Obama to defund Obamacare, culminating in his overnight faux filibuster.
Yep, Ted Cruz wanted to be Asshole of the Year, and Ted Cruz earned Asshole of the Year. And given that he’s moved up to the top in early 2016 polling for the GOP nomination, we can sadly expect even more in 2014 and beyond.
2013 Asshole of the Year Finalists Announced. Time To Vote!
Since the site was started on May 4, 2013, we have chosen an Asshole of the Day 193 times, and had 138 different winners. That’s a lot of variety. But, even so, when it came time to pick the 2013 Asshole of the Year, a few bubbled to the top. Below we will describe the 10 finalists and why we chose them, and then we’ll ask you to vote on the winner. Voting will last through Saturday, January 4, and yes, you can vote more than once. We won’t even require ID.
When I think about who we should name Asshole of the Year, I feel like as bad as everyone else was in 2013, it can only be Ted Cruz.
Ask yourself— did anyone work harder for this title? Want it more?
Asshole of the Year is the perfect way to summarize Ted Cruz’s first year in the Senate. And, to show what a colossal asshole he is, he’d probably embrace this title as vindication of all his hard work.
The base of voters he’s courting for 2016 wants him to be an asshole and he obliges. They don’t get upset when they see his hypocrisy. He’s being a hypocrite for them, and they get that.
Someone suggested in the comments on the call for nominations that the Asshole of the Year should be the person whose actions caused the most damage, and at $24 billion, that would be the shutdown. So who was responsible for that?
But being an asshole isn’t just about WHAT you do, it’s about what you say and how you act about it. And Boehner didn’t relish it, nor did he push for it or crow about it, or fundraise on it. Cruz did all those things:
On January 4 we’ll be announcing the Asshole of the Year for 2013. Between now and then we’ll be soliciting nominations, and then we’ll have a vote on the finalists starting on January 1.
And we’re welcoming nominations from all of our fans and followers. If you’d like to nominate someone, put it in the comments on this post or on Facebook. If we think it’s worth everyone hearing, we’ll make a nomination post from your suggestion and give you a mention if you want (let us know if you do). All nominations should have the person’s name, the reason (1-2 sentences) and a link to a credible source for the reason.
So who should you nominate? Well, there’s a few requirements to be Asshole of the Year, which are:
As we’ve spelled out before in the What Makes An Asshole Of The Day post, the nominee has to be in the public eye. They have to know people are listening and scrutinizing what they say. So politicians, pundits, party officials, celebrities, athletes, coaches, commentators, CEOs, and broadcasters are all good candidates.
It has to be a single person. We don’t give group awards.
What you’re nominating them for had to have happened in 2013. Sometimes an asshole of the day is awarded because that’s when the story came out, even though it happened further in the past. An example is Mark Obenshain, who was running for Virginia’s Attorney General. The story that came out was that he tried to pass a law requiring women to report miscarriages to the police. It happened before 2013, but only came out in May. That would be ineligible.
The person need not have won Asshole of the Day for the action. Since we only started the site in May, we wanted to open it up to all of 2013, not just the part we tracked here.