The reason for the low score includes the downgrade of American credit in August, a sluggish economy, the intractable U.S. debt problem and -- most of all -- the incessant political bickering which ensured that none of these problems were adequately addressed.
Maybe, 2012 is the year craziness becomes so 2011, and intelligence becomes the new trending topic on Twitter. In 2012, maybe being hip will be replaced by being smart, and red states will be replaced by well read states.
This year we turn to the Democrats to find the winner of Destined For Political Stardom. If Elizabeth Warren manages to wrest Teddy Kennedy's old Senate seat away from the Republican usurper, she will indeed be on the road to Democratic stardom.
Just as we at PaulitiFact believed we had our list all set and agreed by everyone, new lies continued to spew forth faster than stink on you-know-what. Like Congress, we have had to delay our departure for the holidays because we were knee-deep in that stuff.
We give you the definitive retrospective of the most significant year in recent memory, 12 powerful months marked by fighting for freedom, protesting inequality, watching in awe the fury of nature and wincing at sex and abuse scandals.
It seems to me that the person who was largest on the world's stage this year was the chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel. With the strongest economy in Europe, Germany's got the most to lose if the common euro currency falls apart.