To say 2012 was an eventful year in politics is quite an understatement. No matter what side of the aisle you're on, it's probably felt like you've been duking it out for what you believe since January 1. And along the way, there have been quite a few outspoken movers and shakers who have stunned and entertained us but above all, created real, noticeable change.
Here, the top 12 political changemakers of 2012, in order from just plain great to most mind-blowingly incredible ...
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After Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo spoke out in favor of the Maryland ballot initiative that would legalize gay marriage and Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. wrote a letter to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, urging him to "inhibit such expressions from your employee," Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe wrote a "speech" about free speech and equal rights that got everyone talking -- in an amazing way.