TIME tries to drum up interest for its annual Man of the Year snoozer by releasing a short list of ten finalists. Get ready for this surprise - Obama made the short list, so there is still some love.
Some of the names are only here to attempt to resuscitate TIME amongst a younger demographic. Miley Cyrus? C'mon, "twerk" couldn't even get it done as word of the year.
And some of these other pics are meant to either assure TIME readers that this is a Very Serious Publication or to address the national health care crisis by putting a notable fraction of the population into a coma. "Bashar Assad, President of Syria"? Nobody wants to talk about Syria, especially cheerleaders for Barry.
The winner ought to be Edward Snowden. But as a dark horse, bet on Edith Windsor. No, I have no idea, but her claim to fame is "gay rights activist" so I'm sure this will make for a fashionable, comfortable lefty feel-good story.
MORE: Ann Althouse whittles the list down to Edith Windsor:
That leaves Edith Windsor, Ted Cruz, and Edward Snowden. I think Edith Windsor is most likely, because: 1. She gives Time a chance to pick an individual woman, something they've done — embarrassing! — only once before. (It was Corazon C. Aquino, in 1986.) 2. She's a good figurehead for same-sex marriage and gay rights, which were very big this year. 3. It lets Time vary the usual focus on politics, economics, and foreign affairs.
There's Ted. Dear sweet, crazy, everyone-hates-him Ted. If Time is smelling blood and wants to punch around a conservative, the man to pick on is definitely Ted Cruz.
Edward Snowden is an interesting choice, but I don't think it helps Obama to create an occasion for everyone to focus on the NSA problem. Yeah, it's a distraction from healthcare.gov, but does Obama want help in that form? This is a 4th reason to go with Edith Windsor: Gay marriage is a subject that casts a flattering light on Obama.
So we have a winner, don't you think? Edith Windsor.
Interesting. If TIME has gone this long without a solo woman, maybe they will save the honor for Hillarity!.