Hewitt Wins Yglesias Award

Now, here’s something I thought I’d never see:  Andrew Sullivan has nominated Hugh Hewitt for an Yglesias Award for his defense of Sonia Sotomayor.

For those who don’t keep up with such things, “The Yglesias Award is for writers, politicians, columnists or pundits who actually criticize their own side, make enemies among political allies, and generally risk something for the sake of saying what they believe.”

What’s particularly ironic about this is that there’s also an award named after Hewitt:  “The Hewitt Award – named after the absurd partisan fanatic, Hugh Hewitt, is given for the most egregious attempts to label Barack Obama as un-American, alien, treasonous, and far out of the mainstream of American life and politics.”

This is not to be confused, incidentally, with “The Malkin Award – named after blogger, Michelle Malkin – [which] is for shrill, hyperbolic, divisive and intemperate right-wing rhetoric. Ann Coulter is ineligible – to give others a chance.”  It’s a counterpart to “The Moore Award – named after film-maker, Michael Moore – [which] is for divisive, bitter and intemperate left-wing rhetoric.”

Will this require that the Hewitt Award be renamed?  Will Sullivan nominate himself for an Yglesias Award for nominating Hewitt for one?  Truly, the mind boggles.

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  1. Steve Verdon says:

    Is there a Cliff Notes for Dummies version, my head hurts.

  2. Hoodlumman says:

    I nominate this post for a Joyner award.

  3. lunacy says:

    What do you have to do to get Sullied?

    Write like a pretentious and hysterical prig?
    Wet your knickers and abandon principle over a single issue?
    Maybe simply behaving like a junkyard dog with a bone over fake rumors would suffice.

  4. John Burgess says:

    Awards have so jumped the shark that the only ones that matter anymore are athletic awards. The others, from the Nobel to the Daytime TV Emmy are just so much self-congratulatory pap that I simply dismiss them on sight.

  5. anjin-san says:

    Is there a Cliff Notes for Dummies version

    There is. Bitsy took a crack at it but it was too advanced…