From foot-in-mouth moments on the campaign trail to the historical happenings at the Supreme Court, it has been a year of triumphs and follies in the world of politics. But before we bid adieu to 2012 and forge ahead into the New Year, here's a toast to the year's top political plays and bloopers.
There were moments worthy of the history books that will continue to affect politics well into next year. The Supreme Court upheld the president's health care law; Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in Libya; and President Obama won reelection, solidifying his place in history as the country's first black president.
There was no shortage of missteps that the politicians who made them wish we would all forget. Sooner or later, we probably will. … Well, maybe! Mitt Romney might not have meant to say he likes firing people, and President Obama might not have intended to tell small business owners they didn't build their companies; but they said it, and we can't help but hit the replay button.
Of course, at the center of this year's political universe was the presidential campaign. The Republican primary came to a close, taking with it Newt Gingrich's dreams for a moon colony and Rick Santorum's sweater vests. Sigh. And feathers flew in the general election as Mitt Romney and President Obama took to the street - -Sesame Street, that is -- to fight over a big yellow bird. It became part of the larger political battle over the country's economic future that defined the campaign.
For more moments from the political memory of 2012, check out our year in review.
Article and video produced by Sara Just, Richard Coolidge, Sherisse Pham & Jordyn Phelps.