Introducing The 2008 Daily Dish Awards!

It's that time of year again. Over the past twelve months, The Dish has covered the presidential election,  bringing you nuggets of campaign crack from all corners of the web. But the year wouldn't be complete without an election of our own. There have been dozens of award nominations from readers this year and we have more categories than ever before. The Malkin and Hewitt competition is particularly fierce. Case in point, this gem from Craig Smith didn't make the cut:

Barack Obama will be our first hip-hop president. I can only imagine how the world will embrace the leader of the free world when he introduces other foreign leaders with, "give it up for my man Vladimir." Giving "props" for joining us in a treaty. Or the first lady Michelle talking about "my man" the "daddy of my babies" when referring to the president. That should go over well everywhere from 10 Downing Street right on down to the streets of the Middle East.

If something that juicy wasn't good enough to make it into the top ten, imagine what beat it out. The blue-ribbon panel worked feverishly to select finalists in each category, and we're giving readers a week to pick the winners. There are many big names and some not-so-big names to choose from. Click the links and you can vote for the 2008 Malkin Award, Moore Award, Von Hoffmann Award, Yglesias Award, and Poseur Alert. Also - for the first time - the Hewitt Award and the Mental Health Break Of The Year are on the ballot.

Award glossary here. Vote early. Vote often.