The results are in and have been tallied, and I will share them with you in just a moment. But first, there was a bit of a problem with the poll this year. I left off the most obviously qualified contender for the award, Donald Trump. Now, I had good reason, as when I first established the Idiot of the Week, and subsequent Idiot of the Year awards, I made a few rules, one of which was that nobody could be given the award more than once. Since Donald Trump won hands down in 2016, I did not for a moment consider putting him in the running in 2017. But many readers were disappointed and asked me to reconsider, or to give him some special award. I try always to be open-minded, and allow things to evolve as they will. So, I added a ‘write in’ space, and said that if Trump got the most votes, I would give him the award. Sadly, the write in worked for some readers, but not for many others, and I was unable to fix that problem, so Donald Trump received only two write-in votes, though I believe he would have topped the list if everyone had been able to write in his name.
I thought long and hard, and what I have come up with is a special award to be given to Donald Trump, which I will do after I present the regular awards. So, without further ado …
The Grand Prize Idiot of the Year award goes to none other than
Ms. Kellyanne Conway!!!
Kellyanne earned 31% of the votes, and there is, perhaps, no more prominent defender of Donald Trump. She is ubiquitous on TV, explaining Trump’s tweet du jour, even if Trump contradicts her hours later. I will do a more in-depth analysis of the many things that have led to this moment of glory in Conway’s career, but for today, suffice it to say that she more than deserves this award.
Tied for 2nd place, with 13% of the votes each, are U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania, Mike Kelly, and Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry. I was torn as to which was the bigger idiot, but given his longer history of idiocy, I have awarded 2nd place to Mr. Rick Perry ….
And the 3rd place prize goes to Mr. Mike Kelly …
The three write in votes were:
- Donald Trump – 2 votes, 6% of total
- Sarah, the Huckster, Sanders – 1 vote, 3% of total
And now to the special award. By popular demand, I present a special award, Filosofa’s Lifetime of Idiocy Award, to
Mr. Donald Trump!
My resident artiste did not have time to create a new medal for this event, so I am using one I came across. I am certain that Mr. Trump will appreciate this award and be bragging about how great he is.
Thanks to all who took time to vote, and I am sure that a year from now we will have an entire new batch of idiots from whom to choose.