What do I have in common this holiday season with:
former White House Counsel John Dean,
New Yorker super-smartypants Henrik Hertzberg,
brilliant legal affairs writer Dahlia Lithwick,
and political blogging pioneer Matthew Yglesias?
Why, we're the distinguished panel of judges this year for the The Golden Duke Awards, a contest sponsored by the beloved Talking Points Memo blog, Josh Marshall's must-read journal on American politics.
The Golden Dukes Contest honors 2007's greatest governmental acts of venal corruption, outstanding self-inflicted losses of dignity, puritanical and pathetic hypocrisy, crimes against the republic, bribery, exposed bullshit, and general muckiness.
I know—it's going to be an incredibly tough race. The sheer mountain of degrading material would bury a less toughened panel of experts. But we can do it, with your help!
Send your nominations to email@example.com by December 14!
The categories are:
Best Testimonial Trainwreck
Outstanding Achievement for Improbable Forgetfulness
Outstanding Achievement in Corruption-based Chutzpah
Best Scandal -- Local Venue
Best Scandal -- Sex and Generalized Carnality
Best Scandal of the Whole Darn Year
Note: The Sex Scandal of the year could also be the Best Scandal of year. Make your argument as you see fit.
Don't forget: you have to nominate a specific person, with a brief description of why you think they deserve it, less than 250 words, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Use the subject line: Dukes Nomination.
The deadline for nominations is December 14th. On December 18th, TPM will announce the nominees, which then then go to the judge's undisclosed headquarters. We won't come out until we've teased apart every nuance and consideration of awfulness.
On December 31st, we'll announce the winners!
Illustration: Botticelli's drawing of the Entrance to Hell