GQ says its list of the 25 LEAST influential people of 2012 is in no particular order, but I don't buy it. Because really, at the top of that list we find everyone's favorite failed Republican presidential candidate (well, there really can only be one...): Mitt Romney.
And thank goodness! I am tickled pink that Mr. Romney will remain a figure of little to no influence because as a woman (and a human being), I kind of like the "gifts" that Obama allegedly "gave" us. What am I grateful that Romney won't be influencing this holiday season? Oh so very many things.
Here are a few:
1. Health Insurance: Sure, some parts of Obamacare are controversial, but I can certainly appreciate the provisions that will keep health insurance companies from rejecting you for preexisting conditions, let folks stay on their parents plans til age 26, and basically provide health care for all Americans. Thanks, Mitt, for not "influencing" any of these critical things away.
2. The 47 Percent: The 47 percent of Americans that Mr. Romney believes are lazy wastes-of-space also no longer have to fear his influence. He called them all "Obama supporters," but that 47 percent of folks who don't pay taxes include the poor, the unemployed, and stay-at-home moms. Gee, such a nice guy, that Romney.
3. Women: Women no longer need to fear Romney's influence over their health, their bodies, or their access to birth control, a "gift" Obama gave to young, college-age women, according to Romney's now-famous post-election call with donors. Old white men on Capitol Hill don't get to make our reproductive choices for us, even though some of them keep trying.
4. Hispanic Voters: Also remaining safe from Romney's influence: the Hispanic voters to whom Obama gave the "gift" of amnesty in the form of the proposed "Dream Act" that would allow the children of illegal immigrants a way to stay in the U.S. legally. Because yeah, let's punish the kids.
5. Gay Rights: As more states vote to allow same-sex couples to marry, Romney's opposition is thankfully cast into irrelevance.
6. Dogs: And last, but not by any means least, Irish Setters and other dogs everywhere are now safe from Romney's influence, and no longer need to fear being strapped to the roof of a moving car while being dragged along on a family vacation.
Do you think Mitt Romney was one of the least influential figures of 2012? Who else do you think should be on the list?
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