2009 Caffeinated Conservative Award copy

The Caffeinated Conservative Award was launched last year with Sarah Palin being the 2008 winner of this oh so “prestigious” award.  We also gave a Starbucks gift card (it is the Caffeinated Conservative award) and award certificate for fun in order to inform the award recipient of this “honor” (we didn’t think she’d hear about it any other way).

This year I wanted get all of Caffeinated Thoughts contributors involved in nominating people they deem worthy, and this year we are letting our readers vote on who they feel should be this year’s winner.

Our 2009 nominees are (these are listed in no particular order, they are not rankings):

Glenn Beck

image Glenn Beck was chosen because he continues to ask the tough questions despite the flack and personal attacks that he has received.  He has been a lone voice pointing out radicals within the Obama Administration (example: Van Jones).  Between The 9/12 Project, the Refounders initiative, and his tireless efforts to bring entertainment and enlightenment to the political arena we felt he was worthy of nomination.  Mary Selby noted that “Common Sense revealed how conservative he truly is and his desire to see our country taken back to the principles it was founded upon is a giant leap in the right direction.”

Sarah Palin

44078641 When Sarah Palin stepped down as Governor of Alaska “she wasn’t retreating, she was reloading.”  That was seen in how she influenced the health care debate with one Facebook note.  Governor Palin also has championed energy independence, spoken out on the cap and tax bill, President Obama’s Afghanistan indecision and much more.  Though she didn’t coin the phrase “common sense conservatism” she has become its champion.  She also has done much in this year to draw attention to the Right to Life movement and families with special needs.  She has proved that she indeed doesn’t need a title to make a difference.  With the runaway sales of her new book, Going Rogue: An American Life she demonstrates she is definitely a force to be reckoned with.  Even as a private citizen Governor Palin still draws ire from the left and even within the GOP establishment, which in our minds is a badge of honor.

Ron Paul

image You never have to wonder where Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) stands.  He has been a consistent champion of small government and transparency within Washington (called for an audit of the Fed).    Emily Heikes notes, “I feel like many politicians are concerned with lobbyists and what they can say to get the most attention.  I think Ron Paul has decided what he thinks would be best for our country and sticks by it no matter the criticism he gets from all sides.”

Edwin Feulner

imageEdwin Feulner is the President of The Heritage Foundation.  Under his leadership, Heritage has grown from just a little known think tank into a influential communicator of conservative ideas.  Dr. Feulner and The Heritage Foundation has been in the forefront of the health care debate in providing information to average citizens and Members of Congress about the cost and potential impact of government-run health care.

Michele Bachmann

image Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is a rising star within the Republican party.  She has been a leading voice of opposition in Congress with the Stimulus package, government-run health care, the cap and tax bill, bank bailouts and car company bailouts.  She is an avid supporter of the Tea Party movement, and also rallied an impromptu tea party on the Capitol steps prior to the House health care vote.  She has also drawn much ire from the left, and that makes her a ok in our book.

There are more whom I am sure are worthy of being on this list, but these are our nominees.  You can vote below who you think should be the Caffeinated Conservative of 2009.  This poll will be open until 12/21.

Update 12/21/09: Vote Closed – Results

  • Sarah Palin – 45%
  • Glenn Beck – 24%
  • Michele Bachman – 20%
  • Ron Paul – 11%
  • Edwin Fuelner – 0%
27 comments
      1. @Shane Vander Hart – what do you think about these examples of Beck’s passion?

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        “John McCain would have been worse for the country than Barack Obama.” (He would have voted for Hillary before McCain).

        “This president I think has exposed himself over and over again as a guy who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture….I’m not saying he doesn’t like white people, I’m saying he has a problem. This guy is, I believe, a racist.”

        “I’m thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I’m wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it. … No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out. Is this wrong?”

        “When I see a 9/11 victim family on television, or whatever, I’m just like, ‘Oh shut up’ I’m so sick of them because they’re always complaining.”

        “The only [Katrina victims] we’re seeing on television are the scumbags.”
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        I get that he is an entertainer and says some of these things for effect.. I guess it is why I wouldn’t put him in the same class as the other non-entertainers.. he just doesn’t have the credibility that they do.
        .-= Kansas Bob´s last blog ..Top 100 Movie Quotes =-.

      2. @Kansas Bob,
        Aside from the comment about the country being better under the Hopey-Changey One (I suspect some typical libertarian “blame both sides” garbage is to blame here), there is nothing wrong with the comments you cite here.

        – Obama is indeed a racist and does hate White people.

        – Michael Moore’s sedition, treason, and flat-out dishonesty does justify such thoughts–say what you will about carrying through on the action.

        – Too many 9/11 families are self-seeking (though I would qualify that one more).

        – Too many Katrina victims were indeed welfare scum and people who acted stupidly (and Obama used that word of somebody of a different race, so it’s okay).

        The fellow has some issues, to be sure (for instance, he more than once has put economics ahead of higher values in his commentaries). But to compare this to the anti-American sedition of most of the Hollywood elite misses the key lesson the conservative/Right must learn from the Left: Tolerate differences on your own side while attacking those on the other side. He is, even despite that first comment, on the conservative/Right. Get off the high horse and be more tolerant of his antics than you would of the antics of the opposition. Otherwise, the enemy will divide and conquer.

      3. @Tom – interesting reaction to the Glenn Beck quotes.. you seem to have read a lot into my objection to him being in the same category as Paul, Palin and the others. I am not saying that Beck is not a great entertainer.. just saying that he is.. unlike the other nominees.. just an entertainer and shouldn’t be included in the group. I mean if we are nominating conservative entertainers lets get Rush and Sean into the mix.
        .-= Kansas Bob´s last blog ..Nepotism and other Abuses of Power =-.

  1. Shane, Even though I love Palin and Bachman, I had to go with Beck. The reasons 1. The 912 project came to fruition in Washington. 2. The Breaking of the Anita Dunn/Mao comment. 3. THAT NIGHTLY PHONE CONNECTION TO THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!
    HAS ANYONE IN BROADCASTING DONE ANYTHING LIKE THAT ANYWERE IN THE WORLD WITH THIER GOVERNMENT?4. The whole Chicago family tree story and pre-story of Frank Marshall Davis. 5. Van Jones story. 6. STARTING OF THE REFOUNDERS

    OT/ Will get back to you about the email. Blog from the Iowa/Palin line if you can!

    1. @M. Hovda, I completely understand your vote.

      Regarding the Sioux City book signing… I wasn’t able to go up (I would have had to leave at least 1 1/2 hours ago if I was going to be able to get a decent place in line, and I didn’t have anybody to go with. Also I learned that I was needed to play chauffeur tomorrow for one of my daughter’s activities since my wife works tomorrow afternoon and wouldn’t be home in time if I went to Sioux City.

      Hope she makes it back to Iowa soon (preferably Des Moines).

      Let me know how her Twin Cities signing goes.

  2. All great choices, I went with Glenn because he’s in the trenches in front of the entire country every single day (radio) and night. He has done more to inspire and motive the silent majority. He doesn’t ask you to agree with him, he says, investigate yourself and let him know when he is wrong. Thank you Glenn.

    PS Love Sarah’s book, 3/4 of the way through and she would have been my first choice had she not won last year. Though since Glenn has ADD she might have better use for that Starbucks card;-)

  3. I am going with Glenn Beck. There are a lot of reasons. He has been asking the tough questions no one wants to answer. He help get Van Jones, and others removed from the front lines. He started the 9-12 project, the Refounding America Project (I think that is the right name), covered the Tea Parties when most media outlets wouldn’t, and basically is one of the most passionate and patriotic men in media.

    Is he a little emotional. Yes. But why is that a bad thing.

    What is great about Glenn is he is willing to sacrifice everything to protect this great country of ours.

    This was a hard choice because I absolutely adore Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann. It really came down to who can motivate the masses and I think Glenn takes the cake there.

    Great idea by the way!
    .-= Dominique´s last blog ..Lt. Colonel Allen West: It’s time to FIGHT 4 this COUNTRY! =-.

  4. Ron Paul Baby! Going to see him next month. The only candidate I have ever WANTED to meet…at least for good reasons. When Palin learns to articulate, and research I will reassess. Beck is more of a divider, right on many things, but a divider non the less. Michele may be waking up, but still a company woman. Feulner, I have never heard him personally. His staff is on point, for the most part. I would have to put him at #2 just because of Heritage.org. Great organization.

      1. @Shane Vander Hart, No, I have not read her book. Maybe someday. When someone talks one way during a campaign, then becomes huge celebrity, then writes a book that doesn’t quite sound the same…I am leery. I am not one who thinks she is as SNL portrays her to be. I don’t think of her as stupid, just impressionable.

      2. @hal,
        “No, I have not read her book.”

        That’s not what Shane asked. He asked if you’ve read anything SHE has written. She didn’t write the book that has her name on it? On the other hand, have you read any of Glenn Beck’s 4 books that came out this year?

  5. Glenn Beck has contributed more and gotten more people involved than Sarah Palin and her ghostwritten book. Honestly, what has she done THIS year to deserve any award?

    1. @MC, This is why he was nominated, and by the way Lynn Vincent’s role was editing and helping her pull the book together, etc, not write the blasted thing for her. She’s been very influential in the health care debate.

      I’m not saying that Glenn Beck isn’t worthy of the award, it is why we nominated him. Any one of these people would be worthy in some way. You guys get to choose which one.

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