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Phil: We’re on to 2021! Earlier than we go let’s give out our 2020 political awards?
Ethan: Identical standards as all the time?
Phil: What standards?
Ethan: Like it. Let’s begin.
Buster Douglas Award
Ethan: This one is called after the notorious boxing upset of Mike Tyson by Buster Douglas.This 12 months it goes to Chloe Maxmin for taking out Maine Senate Minority Leader Dana Dow.
Phil: Enjoyable reality. Not since 1992 has an incumbent Senate chief been knocked out. Steve Hall took out Senate President Charlie Pray that 12 months and a little-known city councilor from Yarmouth took out the three-term Majority Leader Nancy Clark.
Ethan: Subsequent 12 months we’ll have to call this the “Phil Harriman” award.
Worst Debate Evah Award
Phil: Plenty of prospects come to thoughts for this one (Donald Trump’s first debate efficiency), however we determined Max Linn earned this one. I perceive dancing across the questions, however fighting with moderators? No wonder he got less than 2 percent of the vote.
Ethan: We must also give awards to moderators Pat Callaghan, Rachel Ohm, and Michael Shepherd for remaining cool underneath fireplace.
Comeback of the 12 months Award
Phil: This politician additionally may have obtained the “Buster Douglas” award, as very few (ahem, ahem) noticed her successful re-election. Whereas it’s laborious to consider a 24-year incumbent may earn comeback participant of the 12 months, Sen. Susan Collins earned this with flying colors.
Ethan: As a lot because it pains me, she definitely did. Ranked as the senator with the lowest favorables only a 12 months in the past, she beat again as a lot cash as Portland spends on its colleges every year.
Sleeper of the 12 months award
Phil: This 12 months it goes to former state Rep. Dale Crafts. A month out of the first, neither of us noticed him successful the Republican nomination for Congress towards U.S. Rep. Jared Golden. And within the fall, we each had him dropping by double digits. This man was a low key member of the state Home from nowheresville, and he almost took out an incumbent congressman.
Ethan: And he really acquired extra votes and the next proportion than Golden got against then-Rep. Bruce Poliquin in 2018. A formidable introduction and worthy of the “Sleeper of the 12 months” award.
Eliot Cutler Award
Phil: Who would have thought a Democrat may really win a seat in Piscataquis County?
Ethan: Not simply any Democrat. A lefty, Black, Barbara Jordan-loving Democrat!
Phil: Don’t remind me. And whereas Dr. Richard Evans probably thinks his platform was the reason he won, he really received as a result of Republican Chad Perkins, the winner of this award, made the knucklehead transfer of getting into the race splitting the vote towards the Republican-turned-independent incumbent Norm Higgins.
Ethan: Certainly. That’s the reason he wins the “Eliot Cutler,” named after the spoiler to finish all spoilers.
Grassroots Group of the 12 months Award
Ethan: Being a card-carrying member, I get to current this one to People First Portland. Known as “subversive,” “nonsense,” and outspent 15-1, PFP shook metropolis corridor to its core by passing four groundbreaking referenda by a margin of 60 points!
Phil: I assumed the initiatives collectively have been greater than Portlanders would tackle, however even I’ve to bow right down to their election prowess. Kudos for a job properly finished.
Bonehead Transfer of the 12 months Award
Ethan: Phil, what’s the first rule of signature gathering?
Phil: Get much more signatures than you want.
Phil: Whereas I want to say Secretary of State Matt Dunlap was the bonehead for disqualifying so many signatures, in the long run, the Maine Republican Get together earned this one!
Not Useless But Award
Phil: Regardless of everybody predicting the top of Republican rule within the U.S. Senate, Mitch McConnell has once more confirmed to be the chief who is aware of greater than most. Mitch is about to start his file 15th 12 months as Senate chief for Republicans.
Ethan: I’d wish to rename this award, “Not Useless But, However I Want You Had been” Award, as in “retired and moved again to Kentucky” lifeless.
Parted the Pink Sea Award
Ethan: In a 12 months when so many people have been anticipating a blue wave, Collins received; Dale Crafts virtually received; and Republicans picked up 11 seats within the Maine Home. But, whereas all this was occurring, there was one blue island within the pink sea. Troy Jackson gave Democrats our widest Senate majority in virtually 40 years.
Phil: Whereas not all of us purchased into that Blue Wave you predicted, I definitely didn’t anticipate the state Senate to broaden its majority and he deserves this award.
Ethan: No matter sauce President Jackson is mixing, Democrats should be listening to him.
Politician of the 12 months
Phil: Maine has one of many lowest COVID loss of life charges within the nation, and whereas I don’t agree with the restrictions on companies and our freedoms, the primary job of any governor is public security. Our present occupant of the Blaine Home does get credit score for appearing with out hesitation.
Ethan: This has to have been one of many hardest years for any governor in Maine historical past and no different politician deserves the “Politician of the 12 months” award greater than Gov. Janet Mills. Properly finished, governor.
Phil Harriman, a former city councilor and state senator from Yarmouth, is the founding accomplice of Lebel & Harriman, a monetary companies agency. Ethan Strimling, a former mayor and state senator from Portland, is the president of Swing Exhausting. Flip Left, which promotes progressive coverage on the native, state and nationwide ranges.