12 Political Movers & Shakers Who Changed the Nation in 2012

President Obama victoryTo 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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EmmaF... EmmaFromEire

So pretty much a good year for women and the clintons!

We've seen the slideshow of the movers and shakers, now cue the comments frm the bitchers and whingers....

Pinkmani Pinkmani

We heard a lot more from female politcians which makes me happy to know that they are breaking that glass ceiling. I hope to see a female POTUS in my day. (H. Clinton 2016!)

nonmember avatar MO Mom

Great list. I love it. :-)

gem09... gem092011

Maressa's articles always make me slightly nauseous when I read them. And no...that doesn't make me a "bitcher and a whinger" (BTW what's with the "g"...is it spelled that way overseas? honest question). It just makes me a person with a very different perspective than an extreme liberal.

(Really?!?!? Paul Ryan's abs are all you can talk about regarding the man who helped to bring the budget crisis/entitlement reform discussion to the forefront? It's no wonder I need to go take some Pepto. Ugh.)

cocos... cocosmom158

Great article, Maressa. @gem092011-she gave Paul Ryan a compliment. Jeez, will nothing make you conservatives happy? :-D

RoseMary King

Dear Gem092011,

I believe the article is titled Movers and Shakers in 2012. Paul Ryans budget crisis/entitlement reform discussion was 2010 or 2011. And just out of curiosity, why do you use "extreme" liberal. You know, we all can't agree but it sure would be nice if the adjectives could be left off. 

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