Runner-Up Turkey of the Year: Debbie Riddle

We're just days away from the 2010 Turkeys of the Year issue, where we honor what is best in Turkeydom for the past year. This will be our eighth edition of the awards, and as always competition is stiff. Building up to the grand announcement of the winners, we'll take a look at some folks who -- despite their best efforts -- came close but didn't make the cut.

Category: Political Turkey

Close but no cigar:State Representative Debbie Riddle, R-Tomball

Why she could have won it:Because is such a fan of making sure America is for Americans (As She Defines Them), she camped out at the Capitol to make sure she was first in line when it came time to pre-filing bills. Her clone of the Arizona bill was, indeed, the first to be introduced this session.

We like to think of her waiting patiently in line like some starstruck Wings fan or something from back in the day, eating trail mix and making new friends by sharing stories of headless white people found shot by illegal aliens, or the hassles of having to interact with someone who speaks English with an accent.

Why she did not get named a Turkey: She was outnutted by, among others, State Representative Leo Berman.

Berman craftily didn't camp out; like a college football team going on defense as overtime begins, he wanted to see what he needed to put up to be crazier than Riddle. And he succeeded. Okay, he didn't have the Arizona bill, but he threw in a bunch of immmigrant stuff, like English as the official language and charging fees for sending money across certain borders. And then, the coup de grace: A BIRTHER bill.

Yes, Berman wants any candidate for president on a Texas ballot to prove up his or her citizenship via an official birth certificate. (To which we can only say, where were you, Leo Berman, in the 2007 session when a bill like this could have saved America?)

So Berman out-Turkeyed Riddle. But even he couldn't out-Turkey our winner.

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