the laundry on the hill (schmiss) wrote in ontd_political,
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It's time.



Postponed from last night due to Rush'sheartisabigfatidiotgate, here are your results for 2009's Most Influential People! Everyone who received over 60 votes is listed, which gave us 33 finalists (with a three-way tie for 29th.)

31. Joseph Cao



For crossing party lines to vote for what was best for his constituents.

30. Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir



For being the first openly gay politician in World Politics.

29. Olympia Snowe



For giving voice to a non-batshit conservatism and for being willing to work across the aisle. Plus, no Olympia Snowe -- no stimulus package.

29. Ellen Degeneres



For putting a human face on the gay marriage movement that's palatable to the masses.

29. Auto-Tune The News



Making post-election internet political satire cool and MSM legitimate since 2009

28. Alan Grayson



Because despite a mess up or two, he isn't afraid to call out the crap regarding the lies spread about healthcare. If more Democrats acted like him, we might get some shit done.

27. Oprah Winfrey



For pioneering the talk show genre, for pretty much single-handedly kick-starting the Obama campaign, for taking steps to improve quality of life in Africa.

26. Paul Krugman



For seeing the trends that led to the 2008 crisis and continuing to stand apart from the conventional wisdom in his political and economic analysis.

25. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad



For being a heartless sonvabitch who has plotted for decades to take over the government of Iran, for executing people left and right, for being the beginning of the end of Iran.

24. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger



For pwning geese and gravity and great potential tragedy.

23. Ben Bernanke



No matter whether or not people agree with him, no one can deny his huge influence over the world economy through his position as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve.

22. Al Gore



Global Warming...he cares about the earth :P

21. Michael Jackson



For breaking LJ.

20. Nancy Pelosi



For being a fierce bitch and showing us what real legislative leadership looks like.

19. Sarah Palin



For no other reason than I can't think of any other failed vp nominationers who managed to stay as relevant as she has for so long.

18. Bill Clinton



For his Batman-like rescue abilities (North Korea) and for his CGI foundation.

17. Keith Olbermann



You may not like his ways but he's a man dedicated to the truth. His support of Free Clinics, including dedicating $50K of his own money and his viewers raising almost $2m alone should get him on here.

16. Rahm Emanuel



Is he not the most well known Chief-of-Staff in recent memory? And you know, he's a bad ass motherfucker!

15. Joe Biden



Because he's re-redefining the role of Vice President for the better. Plus, he loves trains.

14. Glenn Beck



Because of all this tea party nonsense and he has a lot of followers.

13. Lady GaGa



For exponentially increasing the amount of fabulousness in the world and changing the way we think about pop stars.

12. Neda Agha-Soltan



It was video of her death that swept the internet, making it all the way to msm & Congress to show how bad things were getting. She is a martyr and a rallying cry to people of Iran.

11. Rachel Maddow



Because her combined snark, intelligence, and just plain awesome have made me want to watch news commentary on tv again.

10. George Tiller



Because he dedicated his life to providing compassionate, necessary termination services for women. And because he is my personal hero.

09. Stephen Colbert



Because watching him everyday is an early Christmas filled with lulz. ♥

08. Sonia Sotomayor



Because despite all the obstacles she had to overcome to get to where she is, she managed not to kill anyone during her confirmation when a weaker person (like me) would have.

07. Al Franken



Because he's actually asking the tough questions in congress and occasionally hilarious while doing so

06. Ted Kennedy



Do I even have to explain? For one of the more fantastic political lives ever lived and inspiring a current generation of democrats to attack health care more aggressively.

05. Hillary Clinton



Because she's fierce, is a good diplomat, and because of her strong language towards Uganda and its proposed anti-gay law.

04. Jon Stewart



For being one of the few people on TV with journalistic integrity.

03. Michelle Obama



She is not only there to look pretty (which she does effortless, imo) but doing it with grace and brains; she's a woman who's not afraid to stand for what she believes.

02. Protesters in Iran



For showing the world what the true cost of freedom is.

01. Barack Obama



because he's changing the way America approaches the world



Runners up, by vote tally:

Adam Lambert - 56
Mir Hossein Mousavi - 55
Stephen Fry - 53
Jay Smooth - 53
Katie Couric - 52
Michelle Bachelet - 49
Jon Favreau - 49
Aung San Suu Kyi - 49
Anthony Weiner - 49
Rupert Murdoch - 47
Arlen Specterrrrrrr - 47
Fareed Zakaria - 45
Tim Geithner - 43
Shepard Smith - 41
Aretha Franklin - 38
David Petraeus - 38
Luiz Inacio "Lula" da Silva - 36
Bernie Sanders - 36
Rod Blagojevich - 34
Kim Jong Il - 34
Reza Aslan - 32
M.I.A. - 32
Osama bin Laden - 30
Zahra Rahnavard - 29
Mark Sanford - 27
Stanley McChrystal - 26
Dmitry Medvedev - 26
ACORN - 25
Elizabeth Warren - 24
Bart Stupak - 23
Hu Jintao - 21
Silvio Berlusconi - 18
Wen Jiabao - 18
Manuel Zelaya - 17
Brian and Brendan Burke - 15
Greg Mortenson - 15
Amy Goodman - 14
Chuck Grassley - 14
Michael Pollan - 14
Muammar al-Gaddafi - 13
Joseph Stiglitz - 13
Desiree Rogers - 12
Omar al-Bashir - 11
Paul Kagame - 11
Jack Layton - 8
Mohamed Nasheed - 8
Kenny MacAskill - 6
Herman Van Rompuy - 4
Matthew Harding - 2
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