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Roll Call: Rothenberg’s Best and Worst end-of-the-year awards for 2021

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Washington, DC, December 2, 2021 | comments
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It’s time for another end-of-the-year column recognizing the best and the worst in American politics. And believe me, it isn’t easy to find a lot of good things about 2021. The economy remains a big question mark, the coronavirus continues to mutate, and the Yankees couldn’t get past a one-game playoff against the Red Sox.

But if I don’t do a winners and losers/best and worst column in the final weeks of the year, then I have to write something that will require some effort and knowledge. So, I better stick with lists.

As always, if you disagree with my nominees or my choices, feel free to complain to Nathan L. Gonzales at Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales or Amy Walter at The Cook Political Report with Amy Walter, or somebody else with some other thing.

Most memorable duo of 2021

The nominees:

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., and Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo.

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz.

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.

Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz.

My winner: So, you thought this was going to be easy, huh? Two duos known for their lunacy, one for their principled positions and one from the Senate, which still needs to address President Joe Biden’s reconciliation bill. 

They are all reasonable selections (for different reasons, of course), but I’m going with Cheney and Kinzinger, who fought through abuse and threats in their efforts to put country ahead of party.

The entire opinion piece can be found in full on the Roll Call website here
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