And the runners-up are:
#5 Gen. Petreaus
#4 Hu Jintao
#3 JK Rowling
#2 Al Gore
Time Magazine's Person of the Year
**** Vladimir Putin ****
Interesting because despite Time's insistence to the contrary, it has come to be seen as an honor. They don't give to "bad, but influential guys" (i.e., Hitler, Stalin) anymore.
Putin isn't just anti-democratic, he is very likely a ruthless murderer.
As far as Gore being snubbed," it really wasn't expected from Time. Joe Klein's employer is on something of anti-truth tear lately, and their track record clearly favors Republican politicians.