Destined for Political Stardom: Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
Destined for Political Oblivion: Tie between Liz Cheney, who is behind by more than 50 points in the most recent poll, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's opponent, who lost by 49 points
Best Political Theater: Tie between the revelations of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's alleged drug and sexual exploits, which revealed his extraordinary private life, and the shutdown of the federal government
Worst Political Theater: The seemingly unending 21-hour speech by Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz that alienated so many political moderates in the country
Most Under-Reported Story: Tie between the energy boom, especially fracking, and the success of state governors like Colorado Democrat John Hickenlooper
Most Over-Reported Story: The National Security Agency spying
Best Dollars Spent: National Institutes of Health research
Biggest Government Waste: Farm subsidies, too many of which go to rich, commercial companies
Boldest Political Tactic: Texas Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis' pro-choice filibuster on the floor of the socially conservative Texas State Senate
Worst Political Scandal: Tie between the record and continuing real unemployment and under-employment and the failure of the government to do anything effective about it, for it continues to this day, and the continued gerrymandering of legislative boundaries to rig U.S. electoral outcomes
Best Idea of 2013: Tie between the "Volcker Rule" to protect the banking system and the Senate getting rid of obstructive filibusters for most presidential nominees
Worst Idea of 2013: Tie between the Iran deal recently negotiated by the Obama administration and Amazon.com's plan to use drones for deliveries
Sorry to See You Go: Tie between journalist Jack Germond and Tony Soprano, aka James Gandolfini
15 Minutes of Fame: Tie between Edward Snowden, the NSA turncoat, and Rob Ford, whose Sun News TV show was canceled after one episode.
Best Spin of the Year: Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, who said to the press, "What I'm trying to do is be as honest as I can, and I don't normally do that."
Most Honest: Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany
Most Under-Rated: John Boehner, the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives
Prediction for 2014: President Obama will formally recognize the Castro government of Cuba and raise the level of our dealings with that country within the year.