TIME releases shortlist for ‘Person of the Year’ and guess who is on it?

TIME magazine has been honoring individuals and ideas that have changed the world for nearly a century and this week, the publication released its shortlist of candidates for the 2022 ‘Person of the Year” with none other than disgraced soon to be former Congresswoman Liz Cheney among the finalists.

Cheney joins world leaders Xi Jinping of China and Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskyy as well as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, billionaire Twitter owner Elon Musk, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Jeff Bezos ex-wife MacKenzie Scott, gun control activists, Iranian protesters and the U.S. Supreme Court as potential winners of the prestigious recognition.

A tradition that began in 1927, back when the honor was known as Man of the Year, the first to be featured on the magazine’s cover was aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh who that year made the first nonstop flight from New York to Paris, a historic achievement of what was possible with Musk winning the nod in 2021 for his modern day technological successes as the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX.

Other recent winners have been President Joe Biden and VP Kamala Harris in 2020, Swedish climate cult teen Greta Thunberg in 2019, former President Donald J. Trump in 2016, Barack Obama in both 2008 and 2012 and the Silence Breakers, a collection of women who spoke out about sexual harassment at the height of the #MeToo movement in 2017.

The Wyoming Republican has achieved the rare bipartisan crossover appeal for her public vendetta against former President Donald J. Trump who she has pursued with the maniacal fervor of Captain Ahab’s quest to slay a certain white whale, earning her the enduring love of Resistance Democrats, many of who openly despised her father, former President Dick Cheney.

Despite her humiliating loss by nearly forty points to a Trump-backed challenger in her own state’s primary this summer and the spectacular failure of the January 6 committee which he helms, Cheney is revered by the left, especially the establishment media.

Reactions poured in from Twitter users with many feeling that Cheney was an undeserving inclusion on the list.

If Cheney is the editors’ pick she will join other like-minded authoritarians who have scored the honor including Adolf Hitler, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Vladimir Putin and ruthless Russian dictator Joseph Stalin, a two-time winner whose Soviet-era show trials seem to have been an inspiration for the J6 committee.

Much stronger arguments could be made for Musk whose purchase and overhaul of Twitter has enraged the anti-free speech political establishment, DeSantis, the charismatic young governor who could lead the Republican party back to national power, Zelenskyy who has been a constant presence in the media which champions him as a defender of global democracy, Xi whose totalitarian approach to COVID has influenced many western nations and the Supreme Court for its reversal of longtime abortion rights landmark Roe v. Wade.

All of who have had a more significant impact than hating Trump.

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