Rainy Day Bloggers #49 & #65

posted at 1:36 pm on June 25, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Finally, a club both Allahpundit and I can join!  We are among the 100 Americans featured in July’s Townhall Magazine that are “most hated by the Left,” with my esteemed partner in blogging at #65 and me at #49.  The Boss Emeritus holds the #6 position, but coming in at #1 is exactly who’d you expect:

As we have watched the ongoing fight in America over the direction of the country, the actions of the Obama administration and Democratic Congress, and the efforts of the tea party movement, the Townhall editorial team has noticed a disturbing pattern: the American Left is trashing everyone who dares to stand against them.

The more effective the voices that oppose their agenda, the greater the venom the Left spews in their direction. It’s this out-of-control behavior from our fellow citizens who are sold out to the ultraliberal progressive Obama agenda to “radically transform” the United States that led us to create this list of “The 100 Americans the Left Hates Most.”

The Townhall editorial staff compiled a massive list of those we believe have the largest bull’s-eyes painted on them by the Left and the Democrat-dominated government. From that list, through a process of voting, debating and prioritizing, we assembled the final 100. There were only two absolute requirements: 1) They had to be living, which is why Ronald Reagan and William F. Buckley Jr. are not featured; and 2) they had to be American, which explains Mark Steyn and the Pope’s absence from the list.

The five conservatives who outranked Michelle Malkin in targeting by the Left, in ascending order:

  • Ann Coulter
  • George W. Bush
  • Rush Limbaugh
  • Sarah Palin
  • Glenn Beck

Why does Beck get the top spot?  Townhall explains:

But it wasn’t just Beck’s joining the Democrats’ most-hated network that has driven liberals to hysteria and resulted in some sort of mental condition that causes them to go into conniption fits at the mere mention of his name in even casual conversation. (Just try uttering the words “Glenn Beck” within earshot of your favorite—or least favorite—leftist and see what happens.)

No, it’s more than Beck becoming one of Roger Ailes’ minions— much more. It’s also about more than the fact that he has a massive radio and TV audience of millions. Beck’s real sin is that he has successfully combined his concern for the direction of this country—a direction currently being dominated by progressives who hate what America has been—with a powerful defense of American exceptionalism and a passion for the Founding Fathers and the system of government and nation they created to produce a show that both educates and entertains.  (Seriously, not just anybody can get Americans riled up about Woodrow Wilson and launch F.A. Hayek’s “Road to Serfdom” to the No. 1 spot on Amazon’s best-seller list.)

Now, I have to stipulate that I don’t feel particularly hated; most of my interactions with political and ideological opponents has been at least professional and usually respectful, with a couple of exceptions hardly worth noting.  Still, it’s a pleasure to be mentioned in the same list as some of the people I admire, and with such great friends and mentors as Michelle, Rush, and Hugh Hewitt — whom I notice is less hated than me, but more hated than Allahpundit.   Must be that whole Cleveland Browns thing.  And you know who that helps, right?

So who do you think belongs on this list, and in what order?  Be sure to let us know in the comments!  And also be sure to get your copy of this list by subscribing to Townhall Magazine.  It features a monthly Hot Air conversation between Allahpundit and me exclusive to the magazine, as well as terrific in-depth writing on all of the hot issues of the day.

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Congrats, Ed & Allah. You guys deserve this honor!

dczombie on June 25, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Come out of the closet Allah and you’ll jump to #10.

Speakup on June 25, 2010 at 1:40 PM

There’s a reason they aren’t in the top 10. They don’t exactly hammer the left, sometimes they even defend them.

MobileVideoEngineer on June 25, 2010 at 1:40 PM

I’m curious, was this more of an honor than being KO’s Best Person of the Day?

Keep up the “bad” work, lol.

DrAllecon on June 25, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Nice Dylan reference. :D

RachDubya on June 25, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Ya’ll are both in good company.

Ed’s bounded by Charles Krauthammer. and Eric Cantor, AP is less hated than Rand Paul, but watch out AP, Chuck Norris is after you. You’re toast.

Jason Coleman on June 25, 2010 at 1:41 PM

No, it’s more than Beck becoming one of Roger Ailes’ minions…

Question tho…Was Beck as hated by the Left when he was on CNN?

And again, ‘grats to Ed, AP, and the boss emeritus for making a list that you should be proud of.

JetBoy on June 25, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Everybody Must Get Stoned (for their hatey hatemongering)

Pablo on June 25, 2010 at 1:41 PM

I hope this stirs the Right to a higher level of competition.

Speakup on June 25, 2010 at 1:42 PM

What a list!
I love just about everyone on it!
It’s like my “100 Favorite People” List.

Jenfidel on June 25, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Who do liberals really hate the most? Themselves.

Aquateen Hungerforce on June 25, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Congrats, guys. Seriously.

Jim-Rose on June 25, 2010 at 1:43 PM

What number was Weigel?

d1carter on June 25, 2010 at 1:44 PM

The left just finds it so easy to hate, I could not say I hate over a dozen people let alone a hundred top people to hate.

fourdeucer on June 25, 2010 at 1:44 PM

I won’t rest until I too make that list. First I need to have a sandwich and some coffee.

Bishop on June 25, 2010 at 1:44 PM

I wonder why Allah is so far down the list?

taney71 on June 25, 2010 at 1:44 PM

I wonder why Allah is so far down the list?

taney71 on June 25, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Cause he’s an atheist and thus can’t be all bad.

And has Allah in his name, so many confuse him for an oppressed minority.

Aquateen Hungerforce on June 25, 2010 at 1:46 PM

And yes, apologies to Bob Dylan for the post headline.

Don’t. It was legendary.

*tips hat*

MadisonConservative on June 25, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Poor Ace at AOSHQ. Beat out completely, including by a beta-male.

Wethal on June 25, 2010 at 1:47 PM

What….Peggy West is not on the list??

PatriotRider on June 25, 2010 at 1:47 PM

I wonder why Allah is so far down the list?

taney71 on June 25, 2010 at 1:44 PM

‘Cause there’s no photo, not even a real name.

RBMN on June 25, 2010 at 1:48 PM

How about the USA as top of the list.

rob verdi on June 25, 2010 at 1:48 PM

CONGRATS!!! Badge of honor.

b4itsover on June 25, 2010 at 1:49 PM

As I said yesterday, when Ed refused to assign nefarious political motivation to Teh One by eliminating Patraeus as a 2012 opponent, this is why he barely cracked the top half of the Hated.

How do we squeeze some of that Minnesota Nice out of Ed to get him into the Top 10?

eeyore on June 25, 2010 at 1:50 PM

What number was Weigel?

[d1carter on June 25, 2010 at 1:44 PM]

LMAO

Dusty on June 25, 2010 at 1:51 PM

O’Reilley at 9? He’s pretty darned squishy. I guess lefties hate the idea of Bill O’Reilley and just don’t watch him.

forest on June 25, 2010 at 1:52 PM

Hatred is such a weak emotion. Childish. Olbermann always makes me sick with his Worst Person in the World bit because it seems so childish, and it is unpleasant to watch a grown adult adopt the habits and mannerisms of a child.

For my part, I do not hate the Left, I simply want it destroyed.

GTR640 on June 25, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Congrats Ed and Allah! Here’s hoping next year you’ll be in the top ten.

And congrats to TownHall for this article. TownHall needs to make it an annual awards event, with lots of prestige and hoopla.

Now, I have to stipulate that I don’t feel particularly hated…

Shoot, Ed, everyone here at HA knows yer just a “lovable little fuzzball”.

petefrt on June 25, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Congrats, Ed and AP! You guys rock!!

ladyingray on June 25, 2010 at 1:53 PM

. . .and the more openly anti-marxist the higher on the list. What does that tell you?

Skandia Recluse on June 25, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Hahahaha, congratulations! That’s awesomely awesome and you both should be proud as peacocks!

scalleywag on June 25, 2010 at 1:53 PM

most excellent!!!!

cmsinaz on June 25, 2010 at 1:53 PM

How do we squeeze some of that Minnesota Nice out of Ed to get him into the Top 10?

eeyore on June 25, 2010 at 1:50 PM

I think it’s more California Laid-Back than Minnesota Nice.

Ed Morrissey on June 25, 2010 at 1:53 PM

‘Cause there’s no photo, not even a real name.

[RBMN on June 25, 2010 at 1:48 PM]

Here’s a photo they can use!

Dusty on June 25, 2010 at 1:54 PM

kind of surprised isn’t #2, dear leader keeps bringing him almost on a daily basis

cmsinaz on June 25, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Soon to add:

- Nikki Haley
- Sharon Angle
- Black and other minority conservative candidates/wins

Forgot

- Tammy Bruce
- Herman Cain

Could remove, to make room:

- Noonan
- Condi Rice
- Petraeus (“brillinat” choice)
- Micheal Steele

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Hey Rainy Day Bloggers: when Liberals get stoned it usually involves contraband narcotics but when Conservatives get stoned it’s either a figurative stoning by the LameStream Media or an actual stoning (by future post-amnesty Democrat voters) of our Border Patrol agents who are defending our borders.

bobnox on June 25, 2010 at 1:55 PM

I meant to say W is not at #2

cmsinaz on June 25, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Rename the list to “100 people who tell the truth about the left”

Inanemergencydial on June 25, 2010 at 1:55 PM

O’Reilley at 9? He’s pretty darned squishy. I guess lefties hate the idea of Bill O’Reilley and just don’t watch him.

forest on June 25, 2010 at 1:52 PM

O’Reilly should be on a right wing list of most disliked pretenders not even deserving of a list of disliked leftists.

fourdeucer on June 25, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Here’s a photo they can use!

Dusty on June 25, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Photo is a lie. AP never smiles.

lorien1973 on June 25, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Is anyone on the left really wasting time hating Steve Forbes?

I think they just pulled the bottom 50 from the names of authors of National Review cover articles over the past 5 years.

fiatboomer on June 25, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Congrats to AhhhhlahPundeet and you Ed.

You both rock (in your own Founding Fathers-Free speech) way.

PappyD61 on June 25, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Heh! The only thing that the top five have in common is that they are hated by the Left.

I would love to see anyone try to put a coherent sentence together that ties these five together premised on anything else.

Saltysam on June 25, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Photo is a lie. AP never smiles.

[lorien1973 on June 25, 2010 at 1:55 PM]

So, it’s been photoshopped?

Dusty on June 25, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Yesterday Bech mentioned “Blacklisted by History”.

Today it’s number one on Amazon, even though Beck could market his one book now…that’s being number one!

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Notice how if you take away George Bush, the top 5 are the only prominent conservatives in America who can pretty much say whatever the hell they want (and do)? And only one of them is a politician……

LibTired on June 25, 2010 at 1:59 PM

I would love to see anyone try to put a coherent sentence together that ties these five together premised on anything else.

Saltysam on June 25, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, George W. Bush and Ann Coulter have never been in my kitchen.

Ronnie on June 25, 2010 at 1:59 PM

I wish I were one of the top 100 most hated. I’d feel better about myself and the meaning to my life.

Mojave Mark on June 25, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Did they spell my name right? That’s Tea Bag’er

Dr Evil on June 25, 2010 at 2:01 PM

“The Road to Serfdom” Hayek, is still #7 on Amazon, with Beck’s latest book tucked btw. his recommendation of “Blacklisted by History” and “Serfdom”.

No wonder they hate Beck.

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2010 at 2:01 PM

How can they put Newt at #14 after he cuddled up to Pelosi on the sofa and converted to the Church of Our Lady Gaia of Perpetual Guilt?

At least DeMint should have been ahead of Newt. DeMint’s refusal to agree to a conference committee on Obamacare forced them to the absurd reconciliation process.

Wethal on June 25, 2010 at 2:01 PM

#1 White people.

Ronnie on June 25, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Dusty on June 25, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Nah

Here’s a better photo.

Lance Murdock on June 25, 2010 at 2:02 PM

BUCKET LIST……get on this 100 list.

Should be a goal of every one that posts on HotAir.

:-)

PappyD61 on June 25, 2010 at 2:02 PM

I am surprised. I love everybody that I know on that list. Does that make me a Racist / Bigot?

I love to be on the side that is good at administering nice spanking.

antisocial on June 25, 2010 at 2:03 PM

I’m on vacation in Montana with little 7%…

… Did John Stewart make the list?

Seven Percent Solution on June 25, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Ed is more hated than AP, because Ed believes in God.

tommylotto on June 25, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Let’s start a list of those we hate:

1. George Soros
2. American and int’l media
3. Union bosses
4. Reid
5. Pelosi
6. Boxer
7. Specter
8. Obama

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2010 at 2:05 PM

I really thought Bush would be their #1, he gets the blame for EVERYthing. And I would put Rush before Beck, I think he has a lot more influence. Beck is, in his own words, a “rodeo clown.”

scalleywag on June 25, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Ok, who’s the to-10 lefties that are most hated by the right?…These are mine:

1-Barack Obama
2-Nancy Pelosy
3-Chuck Schummer
4-Bill Maher
5-Barney Frank
6-Jimmy Carter
7-Al Gore
8-John Edwards
9-Rosie O’donner
10-Barbara Boxer/Al Sharpton

Falz on June 25, 2010 at 2:06 PM

#1 – Producers

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2010 at 2:06 PM

My wife is not on the list despite a long and distinguished record of battling the minions of the left on several forms..I am afraid to let her see the list…sigh..

JIMV on June 25, 2010 at 2:06 PM

The lefts mantra: Kill the messenger!

faol on June 25, 2010 at 2:07 PM

BUCKET LIST……get on this 100 list.

Should be a goal of every one that posts on HotAir.

:-)

PappyD61 on June 25, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Check!

scalleywag on June 25, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Ok, I guessed 4 of the top 5.

Ann Coulter did not make my list.

Sir Napsalot on June 25, 2010 at 2:07 PM

You’re known by the enemies you make as well as the company you keep. I’d say you’re doing something right!

Jill1066 on June 25, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Add Rosie, Garofalo, Alan Grayson. Then simmer.

scalleywag on June 25, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Was Laura Schlessinger on this? I didn’t see her. George Will? I think both those are more irritating than some of the Salem radio hosts, fairly gratuitous there including all of them. And I would put Bill Bennett ahead of Hugh Hewitt.

lizzie beth on June 25, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Does the right’s list include

Serrandon, Rosie, Sean Penn,

Guest1.1 on June 25, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Oh yea, and Kathy Griffin, Olby, Matthews, Maddow, Geraldo

scalleywag on June 25, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Ah, Allah….You just missed 69. Someday you’ll get it….No matter how Beta you are…

Tim Burton on June 25, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Joy Behar, Whoooooopie

scalleywag on June 25, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Come out of the closet Allah and you’ll jump to #10.

Speakup on June 25, 2010 at 1:40 PM

HA! LOL….

SHARPTOOTH on June 25, 2010 at 2:14 PM

I just don’t see AP in the Top100. A little home cookin’ there by TH.

And isn’t it time that he/she/it reveals he/she/its identity? I mean, really.

DrW on June 25, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Rainy Days and Mondays

Congrats guys — As they say in the West, ‘I rode with them. I have no complaints.’

GnuBreed on June 25, 2010 at 2:18 PM

I just don’t see AP in the Top100. A little home cookin’ there by TH.

And isn’t it time that he/she/it reveals he/she/its identity? I mean, really.

DrW on June 25, 2010 at 2:16 PM

No then we’ll find out that he’s some prominent lib or squishy progressive Republican. Wait, we already know that, we just don’t know his name.

MobileVideoEngineer on June 25, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Why is Don Imus on this list? He generally dislikes most conservatives. I might have put Rush ahead of Beck.

And yes, most disappointed Ace is not on there.

davek70 on June 25, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Finally, a club both Allahpundit and I can join!

Ha.

That revealed a lot, didn’t it?

Sir Napsalot on June 25, 2010 at 2:21 PM

Congrats on making the list, gentlemen. I do find it amusing that Ed is in that list though. I just can’t see many people sticking pins in Ed Morrissey voodoo dolls, or screaming for your early demise. Most liberals I know who read Hot Air at the very least respect you guys, and your thoughtful blogs, whether they agree with you or not. But I suppose that there must be a few deranged people at Daily Kos or Democratic Underground that have a rabid hatred for all people who are conservatives.

Congrats again. I guess that this means “you have made it”!

simkeith on June 25, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Haters!

faraway on June 25, 2010 at 2:23 PM

For the most part, it’s a terrific list. I just think 1, 2, and 3 are in the wrong order. I simply don’t think Beck arouses the same acidic ire that Palin and Limbaugh do. Nor do I consider him quite as powerful. In terms of sheer ability to alter the course of the public debate, Palin is currently without parallel in America, and that drives people on the left insane. Limbaugh sets the agenda. Beck is the maverick. Plus, the left’s obsession with every aspect of Palin’s life goes beyond anything I’ve experienced toward Beck.

WesternActor on June 25, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Good going, gents. May you edge ever upward!

J.E. Dyer on June 25, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Oh, I noticed that Reliapunit isn’t on the list. Oh that’s right, because no one reads that arsehole!

Tim Burton on June 25, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Ed’s too nice.

I say this of course tongue in cheek.

And with complete seriousness.

tom on June 25, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Ok, the all star team has been named, now let’s play ball, get out there and kick some ass!

hip shot on June 25, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Who the **** “hates” Ed Morrissey?!?

I can see people “hating” Coulter etc but please: I don’t know Ed but he has a mild mannered “normal guy” persona, doesn’t insult people, isn’t splashed across the TV…

No “offense” to Ed, but I don’t get it. Anybody?

fivefeetoffury on June 25, 2010 at 2:38 PM

I don’t think anybody really wants to go higher than the mid-40s. That’s about when you start needing a bodyguard on college campuses (e.g. David Horowitz.)

RBMN on June 25, 2010 at 2:39 PM

I don’t know Ed but he has a mild mannered “normal guy” persona, doesn’t insult people, isn’t splashed across the TV…

No “offense” to Ed, but I don’t get it. Anybody?

fivefeetoffury on June 25, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Too hard to demagogue, despite saying things that are the most damaging to their stances.

MadisonConservative on June 25, 2010 at 2:43 PM

I would trade Allahpundit for Neal Boortz (some cash and a player to be named later)

gstep58 on June 25, 2010 at 2:49 PM

In case some didn’t click on Ed’s link – in the same Townhall Magazine they did a longer segment on Glenn Beck.

The Anatomy of a Smear
(PDF)
How the Left is fighting to silence Glenn Beck

Brass on June 25, 2010 at 2:51 PM

#66 .. no way

J_Crater on June 25, 2010 at 2:52 PM

1. Sarah Palin
2. George W. Bush
3. Rushbo
4. Roger Ailes
5. Mitt Romney

JKahn913 on June 25, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Congrats to you Ed – and AP – but what about me? I know I trailed off the last few weeks … but I’ve been trying damn hard!

conservative247 on June 25, 2010 at 2:59 PM

I am *so* proud of you guys.

Professor Blather on June 25, 2010 at 3:09 PM

The five conservatives who outranked Michelle Malkin in targeting by the Left, in ascending order:

That’s descending order.

ExpressoBold on June 25, 2010 at 3:10 PM

No “offense” to Ed, but I don’t get it. Anybody?

fivefeetoffury on June 25, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Impeccably clear reasoning combined with Puritan work ethic and highly evolved family values?

ExpressoBold on June 25, 2010 at 3:14 PM

They hate Tim Tebow. They hate Mr. Everything.

Gator Nation is not happy.

SlaveDog on June 25, 2010 at 3:17 PM

No Mormon Church?

I also would have included Tammy Bruce and/or Bruce Carroll (aka Gay Patriot)

The Ugly American on June 25, 2010 at 3:32 PM

The primary attribute of the dingbat left is that they hate those they disagree with. They hate us all.

I think they are all dingbats. So there!

Really Right on June 25, 2010 at 3:34 PM

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