The Ed Morrissey Show: The best, worst, and weirdest from 2009

posted at 1:00 pm on December 30, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Today, on the Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), we wrap up 2009 with our last show of the decade. Jim Geraghty and Jazz Shaw join me for a look back at 2009. What was the best, worst, and weirdest of the year? The top news story? The worst event? The strangest controversy? Add your suggestions in the comments and be sure to join the chat room as we debate and discuss all of the possibilities. We’ll also preview tomorrow’s final poll to select the Obamateurism of the Year!

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Worst: Dear Liar bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia, and then to the Emperor of Japan, but not to the Queen of England (be consistent) and a region 1 DVD collection to the British Prime Minister. Way to wreck a firm alliance there.

rbj on December 30, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Best: The tea party movement. Nothing like grass-roots Americans fighting peaceably for the greater and better liberty of us all.

Worst: An American president bowing to two foreign heads of state.

Weirdest: A media personage getting a tingle up his leg over an American president. I can see getting tingles over a beautiful woman, but over a president?

Liam on December 30, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Weirdest: ScareForce One flying over NYC. We still have no idea who was on the plane that day.

Best: America wakes up from the hopeychangey hang-over.

Worst: Administration’s Chicago thug politics applied nationwide.

SouthernGent on December 30, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Best: Resurgence of interest in Millard Fillmore, our 13th president

Worst: No Millard Fillmore specials on the Food Network

Weirdest: Sudden loss of sanity by this commenter

Bat Chain Puller on December 30, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Bat Chain Puller on December 30, 2009 at 1:27 PM

Sanity is overrated. Ask any liberal!

Liam on December 30, 2009 at 1:30 PM

Worst: the Christmas Day attempted terrorist attack – mega failure at many levels. Please learn from your mistakes. We were lucky this time.

Best: rejecting Cap and Trade – another potential catastrophe averted.

Weirdest: Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize. What were they thinking?

KillerKane on December 30, 2009 at 1:36 PM

Liam on December 30, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Agree completely with your Best and Weirderst picks.

But for Worst, I have to go with Obama’s decision to try KSM et al. in a civilian trial in NYC.

This has national security ramifications that will haunt us for the rest of our days and maybe those of our children. It will prolong the war on jihadism for decades, not to mention screwing up NYC for the years it’s going to take to try these vermin.

TXUS on December 30, 2009 at 1:40 PM

Best: rejecting Cap and Trade – another potential catastrophe averted.

KillerKane on December 30, 2009 at 1:36 PM

You know it was a bad year when the “best” event is simply keeping a really bad thing from happening.

jwolf on December 30, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Political B/W/W

Best: The emergence of the “I’m mad as h*ll and not going to take it anymore” movement. I don’t care what you want to call it but it is essentially taking back America for Americans outrage. The elections in VA and NJ appear to be only a taste of what is possible in 2010.

Worst: Obamacare. No legislation should be written by a single political party without any support or input from the opposition. It is not only partisan, it makes for a bad bill. Factoring in the bribes to Ben Nelson, Mary Landrieu and others to simply get this bill out of the Senate by Christmas Eve and this is a black mark on the American political process.

Weirdest: Sarah Palin. She’s not running for anything or in any political office but she’s got the left running scared and she single-handedly made death panels a major defeat for Obamacare.

Honorable mention (wierdest): The way this administration and the Democrat Party seem utterly deaf to public opinion.

Cultural B/W/W

Best: Return to less consumption and more savings. It may have been brought about by the Obama depression and unemployment but I’m hopeful that more Americans will live within their means as a result to what they experienced in 2009.

Worst: The focus on media celebrity scandal. I include Michael Jackson’s death, the Gosselin breakup, Balloon Boy’s family, Tiger Woods downfall, etc. These people are not worth our time or attention. They certainly are not newsworthy.

Weirdest: The rise of Twitter. Who knew that there would be a market for mundane people telling other mundane people what they are doing in their mundane lives?

highhopes on December 30, 2009 at 1:52 PM

TXUS on December 30, 2009 at 1:40 PM

Excellent point I didn’t consider.

Liam on December 30, 2009 at 1:53 PM

The Big Pretender should start by opening his records to the public, first.

Schadenfreude on December 30, 2009 at 2:26 PM

I can see getting tingles over a beautiful woman, but over a president?

Well, I get tingles at the sight of a beautiful lady such as Mrs. Palin. But seems to me when a man gets “tingles” at the sight of another man, that “man” is exhibiting homosexual tendencies, is he not?

oldleprechaun on December 30, 2009 at 2:53 PM

Cleverest Innovation of 2009

New accounting standard BHO/DC-02009.01.

Using this standard a good friend of mine was able to create or save $30,000 by spending every penny he earned in unemployment as well as some of his child’s college fund in 2009. He is thrilled with the results and feels he will be able to convince the bank not to foreclose on his home once he shows them his accurate online tracking of the funds.

Personally I was able to show that I lost or didn’t gain 20 pounds!

LifeTrek on December 30, 2009 at 3:52 PM

The Ed Morrissey Show: The best, worst, and weirdest from 2009

Wait Ed, 2009 is not over yet. President Obama and his crew have over twenty four hours left in 2009 to really screw it up!

patch on December 30, 2009 at 4:52 PM