As selected by Canadian Blog Award voters, here are the rankings for:
Best Pundit/Professional Commentator Blog
1. Antonia – Broadsides 78 30.95%
2. Kady O’Malley – ITQ 56 22.22%
3. Mark Steyn 55 21.83%
4. Inkless Wells 48 19.05%
5. 59 Carden St. 15 5.95%
Total votes 252
Tonight our finalists get a bit of a roast, courtesy of Gabriel at Salted Lithium:
Broadsides, written by Antonia Zerbisias, a columnist for the Star’s Living section, won with a minority of votes over the Parliamentary news column of MacLean Magazine’s Kady O’Malley and the wit, wisdom and drinking games that is the blog of Mark Steyn. I’d expect, given the general politics of the publications and columnists involved, there’s a very good possibility of a coalition. If so I expect Antonia to prorogue the awards until the situation can be sorted out.
A few years ago in a bar in Ottawa I introduced Paul Wells to some friends as “a great columnist for The Post” and one of my friends said “oh, it’s great to meet you Mr. Coyne”. True story. So close. Congratulations Paul, fourth place is almost exactly like winning.
The Guelph Mercury’s blog about city hall politics, 59 Carden St., may be the smallest of the finalists but the Mercury’s city hall reporters, Magda Konieczna and Nicole O’Reilly, do an excellent job reporting on news from the Queen’s City. Fifth place in this category is not a loss.