"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." – John AdamsThe people have spoken. And the people are wrong, fantastically wrong. I'm not shocked that the greatest-ever Volkswagen was given the boot from our make believe petroleum paradise, but I am deeply disappointed. I remember when I first discussed nominating the Phaeton with various members of the Jalopnik brain trust. We were convinced that it would never get in. Much to our surprise and quite honestly, delight, "Piech's Folly" made cut the mustard. But then, despite my passionate plea, despite comment after comment explaining just why in fact the Phaeton W12 is so very special, at the first opportunity some of you did the obvious thing – the big VeeDub was sacked (I say "some" because while 414 folks voted the Phaeton out, 801 voted to expel other and sadly lesser cars). No matter, though. We exist in the form of a blog and therefor we lick our wounds and move on. 'Tis the nature of the beast. But I'm getting a Volkswagen in the Fantasy Garage. And it sure as hell ain't going to be a first generation GTI. Perhaps the Touareg? Because I'm mean .