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The Biggest Losers of 2015

Thursday, 14 January 2016 03:33 PM Current | Bio | Archive

It’s time to name 2015’s biggest losers. Not surprisingly, this list is always much longer than the winners.

Charlie Sheen: Just because.

The personal touch: Progress is one thing, but there’s a fine line between convenience and laziness. Take Christmastime. Not long ago, people spent many frustrating, but eminently worthwhile, hours going “Clark Griswold” with outside decorations and penning short notes on their Christmas cards.

Now? They are remnants of a bygone age, casualties of our aversion to anything that takes effort. First, we had the way-too-easy icicle lights that took mere minutes to hang.

Then net lights, which involved simply heaving a few sets haphazardly over bushes.

And now, lasers, the point of which still eludes, as they are just a bunch of spots in the trees and have nothing to remotely do with the holiday season. But shove them into the ground, flip the switch, and — voila! Back to Reality TV!

And a handwritten note on cards, or people actually signing them? No, since we can’t even talk to each other at the dinner table or coffee shop because our heads are buried in phones, breathlessly following Caitlyn Jenner.

The personal touch seems gone forever, and with it, much of our humanity.

Star Wars: To quote C3PO, “Oh dear!” With an unlimited budget and unprecedented fan base, there was no excuse for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” to be anything but stellar. But Harrison Ford’s performance notwithstanding, it’s a boring re-telling of the first film, which succeeds only in blasting the film into the orbit of mediocrity.

A new hope will be for the directors to awaken and use some good old-fashioned creativity to make high-caliber films worthy of the Star Wars name. And may the force be with them — please!

Carly Fiorina: She was a promising candidate with presidential gravitas who was positioning herself to be the year’s big surprise. Yet she abandoned good sense, and shattered her credibility, by pandering to the Iowa caucus vote. No, it wasn’t flipping on ethanol subsidies or a farming issue. It was worse; she disavowed her alma mater Stanford, and publicly rooted for the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Rose Bowl.

Carly got the worst of all worlds: infuriating Stanford alumni (many of whom have big bucks), and incurring contempt from Iowans for her naked political calculation. It also gave pause to many GOP undecideds who now view Fiorina as just another pol who will say anything to win, and who compounded the situation by claiming it was a joke, when everyone knows it wasn’t.

People may not understand deficits or trade agreements, but they intuitively know when someone lacks sincerity, and it’s often a deal-killer. Some will laugh off such criticism as irrelevant, but it’s often the little things that have the biggest impact. And if that’s the case, the joke’s on Fiorina.

And by the way, if you’re going to pathetically pander for a team, you better be damn sure they don’t get humiliated, as Iowa did, 45-16. Ouch.

Donald Trump
: Sure, he also made the winners list for his unique ability to change the political landscape. But had he exhibited even a modicum of restraint by not insulting damn near everyone, he could have been a viable contender. America needs a businessman to shake up the failing status quo, and Trump could have been that guy. But instead, he valued making a mockery of the process over being a serious candidate. As a result, voters may well send Trump a familiar message: “you’re fired.”

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.

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