(CNN) - There are halls of fame for greatness in dunking, run-scoring and strumming, so why should excellence in political consulting go unnoticed?
Leading this year's inductees to the American Association of Political Consultants’ hall of fame are President Barack Obama's campaign strategists David Axelrod and David Plouffe, who steered their candidate to back-to-back wins in the nation's toughest competition: presidential politics.
They were inducted Thursday, alongside Republican strategists Arthur Finkelstein - whose clients included the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, former New York Gov. George Pataki and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - and V. Lance Tarrance Jr., whose experience as a pollster and strategist includes six presidential campaigns.
Association President Dale Emmons said in a statement this year's awards recognize "defining figures in the world of politics and public affairs."
The inductees join 2012 honorees political figures Karl Rove, James Carville and Paul Begala, as well as 20 other past inductees dating back over a decade.