Isn’t the vice-presidential nominee supposed to stand in the shadows? Not in 2012! The gaffe-prone veep posed with bikers, cameo’d on “Parks and Recreation,” laid sod for his daughter’s wedding and conquered the Internet with a glad-handing trip to Costco. Also: Said embarrassing things like “malarkey.” His Gen-X rival sported a game-changing widow’s peak, lowballed his marathon time, got testy with local reporters and bravely wore a backward baseball cap to a workout-themed photo shoot. Also: Bragged embarrassingly about his iPod playlist. We salute 2012’s No. 2’s: the sitcom dads of American politics.
(Read on for the Person of the Year Runner-Up and Honorable Mentions)
Roseanne Barr: Was the failed candidate good or bad for the Green Party? Discuss amongst yourselves.
Kristi Noem: Already a career success, she still made a point of finishing her college degree — while serving in Congress.
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