Meghan McCain Picks the People of '09

Gen. McChrystal, Zach Galifianakis, and the Twitter guys make her list
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2009 9:57 AM CST
Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of the US Forces Afghanistan, testifies on Capitol Hill on Dec. 10, 2009.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – Meghan McCain has been weighing in on intriguing people all year, right? Maverick Junior takes a crack at the year's most intriguing, dipping into both the entertainment and political worlds.

  • McCain kicks things off with Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the US commander in Afghanistan who has "the courage to keep national attention on the conflict without alienating the president."
  • The name Kathryn Bigelow might not ring a bell, but it will if the Hurt Locker director—and James Cameron's ex-wife—wins an Oscar.

  • "If Howard Stern were pretty enough to pose for Playboy, he’d be Chelsea Handler," McCain says. Consider the glass ceiling of late-night TV broken.
  • Neil Patrick Harris was everywhere in 2009, and "and his sexuality is simply an afterthought."
  • Love Twitter or hate it, creators Evan Williams and Biz Stone are the ones to thank—or blame.
  • Comedian Zach Galifianakis had a breakout year, stealing scenes left and right in both The Hangover and Bored to Death.
For the rest of McCain's picks, check out the Daily Beast list.

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