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TheDC Analysis: 2010’s People of the Year – Greene, Palin, Sanchez and more

Time magazine, a card-carrying member of the lamestream media, named Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg Wednesday as its 2010 Person of the Year.

The choice, while defensible (even if it was two years late), was also boring. Since, frankly, it is hard to choose just one person of the year, here is my — emphasis on my —  much more interesting list of 2010’s People of the Year:

ALVIN GREENE: For showing anyone can run for Congress

Everybody loves a “Rudy” story.

But imagine for a moment, if instead of just being undersized and under-talented, Rudy was also legless – and still made Notre Dame’s football team.

Well, meet the legless “Rudy” of American politics, Alvin Greene. The obstacles confronting Greene were great: his intellect was not exactly Einstein-ian, he had no cash resources, he did no campaigning, and he was burdened with an obscenity felony charge hanging over his head for allegedly showing pornography to a college student. Yet, still he persisted, defeated his primary foes, and took the Democratic nomination for Senate in South Carolina.

Then he did something else even more impressive. He won our hearts.

Sure, Alvin Greene didn’t know many things. But he did know a few. He knew that Jim DeMint started the recession, that he is the “greatest person ever,” and, unlike most politicians, he had a real plan to reinvigorate the economy – to “make toys of me, especially for the holidays.”

Greene may have lost his quest to be a senator, but he isn’t going away anytime soon. He told The Daily Caller after his narrow election defeat (DeMint held on to only a 34% win in the end) that he is considering a run for the presidency, even possibly as a Republican.

For showing that this great country of ours is a place where anyone can run for federal office, cheers to you Alvin Greene.

HANK JOHNSON: For showing anyone can be in Congress

If Alvin Greene proved to the world that America is truly a place where anyone can run for federal office, Hank Johnson proves the country is also a place where anyone can be elected to federal office.

Elected in 2006, Johnson registered on the political radar for the first time in a major way in March when during a congressional hearing about a planned military buildup on the island of Guam, he expressed concern that such a buildup might cause the Pacific island to capsize.

“My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize,” Johnson told Admiral Robert Willard, head of the Pacific fleet.

“We don’t anticipate that,” the Admiral replied, presumably stunned by the question.

You can watch the back and forth here:

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If you are wondering whether such a transparent display of idiocy harmed Johnson in his re-election bid this year, you will be relieved to know that though Republicans were able to sweep many Democrats out of office in the November midterms, Johnson was not among them. He may not have the intellectual abilities of Gary Kasparov – or, for that matter, Gary Busey – but his constituents apparently love him just the way he is: he beat his Republican rival with nearly 75% of the vote.

For showing that this is a country where anyone cannot only run, but be elected to federal office, I raise a glass to you Hank Johnson.