In its third year, the Noble and Knaves Contest has become something of a tradition here on the editorial page. If not quite as highly regarded as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, our contest is absolutely more democratic, since you the readers decide. And you didn’t make it easy for us: This year’s vote tally was the closest in the contest’s history. With the frontrunners changing every day, we recalled John Kerry’s concession-speech promise to make every vote count. Fortified by his words, we labored on. And just as the ball was about to drop in Times Square, the winners finally emerged.
For Knave of the Year, the contest proved tightest. Perhaps this was because in an election year any number of silly things can be said, and many are. Knave of the week twice in 2004, former President Jimmy Carter earned numerous nominations for using a child’s funeral to bash the Iraq war, as well as calling the war that won us our independence “unnecessary.” Also earning top marks was another two-time Knave of the week, Mr. Kerry. Not only did Mr. Kerry slap every National Guardsmen in the face by comparing them to draft dodgers last February, but he also suggested during the campaign that President Bush might reinstate the draft if re-elected. Mr. Kerry’s campaign team revealed a similar shamelessness when it tried to silence the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth by filing a complaint with the Federal Election Commission. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan was a crowd favorite, as was also-ran Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean. A lot of readers were quite upset at Rep. Jim McDermott, Washington Democrat, for leaving out “under God” while he led the House in the Pledge of Allegiance. But more readers were steamed at Sen. Harry Reid for some uncouth comments about a sitting federal judge on the Senate floor — a Knave-of-the-week moment he recently surpassed by calling Justice Clarence Thomas an “embarrassment.” For consciously ignoring the swift boat veterans’ ads, the mainstream media was at varying times a frontrunner. Closing out the top, however, was Sen. Ted Kennedy, who lost by just two votes. Readers remembered with apparent opprobrium how Mr. Kennedy equated the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal to Saddam Hussein’s torture chambers; and were equally upset when he asked for his own commemorative library at the University of Virginia.
Here are your top knaves, followed by the votes they received:
Howard Dean: 26
The Kerry campaign: 33
Rep. Jim McDermott: 36
Sen. Harry Reid: 40
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan: 47
Former President Jimmy Carter: 53
Sen. John Kerry: 73
The mainstream media: 81
Sen. Ted Kennedy: 84
As 2004 was an election year, numerous clowns demanded the spotlight. No one, perhaps not even 2003’s Knave Michael Moore, spewed as much hatred and foolishness as the billionaire who financed them all. The liberal cavalier, who fancies himself at times a high-browed scholar and America’s moral voice, bankrolled every left-wing outfit from MoveOn.org to America Coming Together. But his most egregious offense came when he equated some shameful soldiers at the Abu Ghraib prison with the September 11 hijackers, and their prisoners — lest we forget, many of them terrorists — with the victims in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
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