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Barack Hussein Obama photographed on Dec. 30 riding in a limousine while on vacation in Hawaii (AP).

2013 winners and losers in politics and media

Taking a look back at 2013, David Boze and new KTTH host Ben Shapiro discussed some of the biggest winners and losers of the year in politics and entertainment.

Without trouble, they decided the year's biggest loser was Barack Hussein Obama, whose disapproval ratings are headed toward the 60 percent mark.

"President Obama has become personally less popular, and all of his most popular initiatives are now no longer popular," Shapiro said, responding to Boze's request for his pick for biggest 2013 loser.

But Shapiro sees purpose in Obama's loser status, and the left-wing media's sudden quickness to criticize him over his failings, like the roll out of Obamacare.

"They're trying to prep the groundwork for Hillary Clinton and so they're trying to create room for Hillary to grow. They will bash Obama, but they will play up Hillary," Shapiro said.

As evidence, Shapiro said, was the New York Times' latest report on the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on an American diplomatic building in Benghazi. The Times' piece absolves Clinton of blame for the incident, in which four Americans died, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

Among 2013's winners was the show "Duck Dynasty" - specifically star Phil Robertson - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and social conservatism.

Shapiro says that Cruz' filibuster of Obamacare and role in the government shutdown could benefit him in the future because he may be viewed as one of the only Republicans who really stood up to Democrats in 2013. Those affairs also raised his profile.

The recent Duck Dynasty controversy showed that social conservatives could speak out in the media and win on a social issue. Boze and Shapiro posited that Duck Dynasty will only become more popular.

"This is the first step in the counter-battle; [the Ducky Dynasty incident] shows that lefts aren't the only people who have market power," Shapiro commented.

Looking forward to 2014, Shapiro begins his new drive-time radio show on KTTH beginning Jan. 6.

Neal McNamara, Writer, KTTH
Originally from the Northeast, Neal McNamara has worked as a news reporter for more than 10 years at newspapers across the U.S., landing most recently in Seattle.
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