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12 Political Movers & Shakers Who Changed the Nation in 2012

by Maressa Brown on December 9, 2012 at 11:05 AM

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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NFL Player Chris Kluwe

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.

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Filed Under: 2012 election, barack obama, planned parenthood, marriage equality, human rights, hillary clinton


  • EmmaF...


    December 9, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    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....

  • belon...


    December 9, 2012 at 12:18 PM


  • Pinkmani


    December 9, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    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!)

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    December 9, 2012 at 4:16 PM
    Great list. I love it. :-)
  • gem09...


    December 9, 2012 at 7:55 PM
    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" 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...


    December 9, 2012 at 11:02 PM

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

  • RoseM...
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    December 10, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    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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