Since I am on a roll with Time magazine choosing Pope Francis as Person of the Year, after watching President Obama in his farewell press conference for the year, it occurred to me to suggest my first annual Washington Person of the Year.

This year the result is a tie. The co-winners are Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidMcConnell not yet ready to change rules for Trump nominees The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by CVS Health — Trump’s love-hate relationship with the Senate Trump to press GOP on changing Senate rules MORE (D-Nev.) and House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerGOP revolts multiply against retiring Ryan Can Jim Jordan become top House Republican? Tensions on immigration erupt in the House GOP MORE (R-Ohio) who closed the year very strongly by crushing the Tea Party and saving Republicans from another shutdown fiasco.

Reid and BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerGOP revolts multiply against retiring Ryan Can Jim Jordan become top House Republican? Tensions on immigration erupt in the House GOP MORE both learned from their mistakes and became champions and winners of Person of the Year. Reid became fed up by the filibusters, so he changed the rules. Boehner became fed up by tea party nihilism, so he put his legislative boot on their necks. They both closed the year very strong and by learning from their mistakes, and correctly changing course, they stand in contrast with President Obama, who gives no evidence of learning from mistakes and made a strong bid to be loser of the year.

Don't get me wrong, I am not comparing Harry Reid to the pope, I am comparing him to Niccolo Machiavelli in the most honorable sense of the comparison. And Speaker Boehner ended the year like a champion by laying down the law to my loser of the year who edged out Obama for the honor: the tea party, which will have lots of time to go duck hunting.

President Obama obviously had a bad year, though Obama was not even close to being the big loser of the year. The loser of the year award goes to the tea party and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTen dead after shooting at Texas high school Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers target Chinese tech giants | Dems move to save top cyber post | Trump gets a new CIA chief | Ryan delays election security briefing | Twitter CEO meets lawmakers For cable commentators, the 2016 GOP primary never ended MORE (R-Texas), who may be able to milk suckers for dollars but who have been marginalized into insignificance first by American voters and then by the now-formidable Speaker Boehner.

Another candidate for loser of the year was Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioCongress — when considering women’s health, don’t forget about lung cancer Anti-Maduro Venezuelans not unlike anti-Castro Cubans of yore Tax reform postmortem reveals lethal dose of crony capitalism MORE (R-Fla.), who seemed to believe that his pathway to citizenship at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. was to campaign as the younger brother of Ted Cruz, and who ended the year being eclipsed by former former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) who will be the only serious Floridian candidate for the presidency in 2016.

Obama was certainly a big loser this year, but he was no match for the tea party, Cruz and Rubio for the loser slot.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was a strong candidate for Person of the Year and big winner. Reid was once the frontrunner for both with his big win on the nuclear option and pushing through Obama's judicial nominations, and the Obama masterstroke of sending Sen. Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusClients’ Cohen ties become PR liability Green Party puts Dem seat at risk in Montana Business groups worried about Trump's China tariffs plan MORE (D-Mont.) to be ambassador to China, which was probably a secretly inspired masterstroke of Harry Reid because it would give a huge boost to maintaining Democrats control of the Senate.

As a devout student of Niccolo Machiavelli, the Baucus move is a work of art. It not only allows the Montana governor to name his Democratic successor for the remainder of the Baucus term, and thereby improve the chances of Democrats holding the Montana seat, but it allows Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenHillicon Valley: Facebook, Google struggle to block terrorist content | Cambridge Analytica declares bankruptcy in US | Company exposed phone location data | Apple starts paying back taxes to Ireland Firm exposes cell phone location data on US customers Overnight Finance: Watchdog weighs probe into handling of Cohen bank records | Immigration fight threatens farm bill | House panel rebukes Trump on ZTE | Trump raises doubts about trade deal with China MORE (D-Ore.) to become chairman of the Finance Committee, which opens to the door for Sen. Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuLandrieu dynasty faces a pause in Louisiana Senate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Project Veritas at risk of losing fundraising license in New York, AG warns MORE (D-La.) to become chairman of the Energy Committee, which will make Landrieu the prohibitive favorite to be reelected, which markedly increases the chances that Democrats keep the Senate, which makes Harry Reid my first among co-winners as Washington Person of the Year.

Don't ya' love this stuff?