Hot Air’s top 50 posts, the final Top 10

posted at 3:00 pm on December 31, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Now we come to the top 10 most viewed posts at Hot Air in 2010, the posts that attracted the most eyeballs over the course of the year, according to our legion of technical wizards and web masters.  Which topics created the most traction, and which personalities seized the most attention?  Be prepared for some surprises, and then a few in the overview of the Top 50 at the end:

  • #10: Obama: “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money” – Good enough to not just get into the top 10 of Hot Air’s posts for the year, but also good enough to be a finalist in the 2010 OOTY poll.  The arrogance of that assumption underscored the revulsion Americans began to feel for the Obama agenda in 2010.  In the end, a free people work for themselves, not their government, and unfortunately Obama doesn’t appear to realize that.
  • #9: Video: Pelosi’s a horrible woman, says … Jack Cafferty - This took place in January.  Has anyone heard from Cafferty recently?  The last we have of CNN’s commentator is from September, when he took aim at safer prey … Sarah Palin.
  • #8: Megyn Kelly in GQ? – One of only two guest-blogger posts in the entire top 50, and both are in the top 10.  Not exactly a surprising result; when Matt Lewis combined Kelly with news of a pictorial spread, the natural result was traffic gold — and Matt didn’t even provide any pictures.
  • #7: Awesome! Chris Christie tells of apology from President of Teachers UnionOur other guest post from The Right Scoop on our list, this video shows Christie explaining why the union leader offered an apology after an e-mail from its members asked people to pray for Christie’s death.  But that’s just the beginning of the fun; Christie’s explanation cannot be missed.
  • #6: Krauthammer to Nina Totenberg: Why did NPR fire Juan Williams but not you? – Totenberg couldn’t give the correct answer, which is that she didn’t make her suggestion that Jesse Helms’ grandchildren should get AIDS through a transfusion as “retributive justice” on Fox News Channel.  Instead, Totenberg tells Krauthammer that she has other views that she won’t share as a way to defend NPR’s firing of Williams, which prompts the question of just what Totenberg could possibly think that would be more repugnant than wishing a plague on a political opponent’s grandchildren.
  • #5: New McCain ad: You cannot be seriousJohn McCain … border-enforcement stud?  Maybe this got so many page views because it was just so hard to buy.  You had to reload the page several times just to convince yourself you actually saw it.
  • #4: Video: The greatest political ad ever? - From the ridiculous to the sublime — sublimely ridiculous, that is.  If you thought John McCain went overboard attempting to look tough, next to Dale Peterson, McCain comes across like … well, like Lindsey Graham.  Listen up!  Thugs and criminals! Illegals bust in by the thousands!  Stealing yard signs! Waving a shotgun, Peterson told voters that he meant business.  Alabama voters were less than impressed.
  • #3: Video: Chris Christie destroys reporter for calling him confrontational -The video has disappeared from the original post, so let’s offer it up here in this one:

And now, the #1 post with the most page views in 2010 was …

  • #1: PPP: Obama, Palin tied 46/46 in 2012 polling - The only Palin post in the top 10 this year, this post reviewed the data from a Democratic-leaning pollster, Public Policy Polling, from July.  Not only did this poll find Palin locked up with Obama, but also found that Obama trailed the other major would-be contenders from the GOP.  The sample even had a +5 Democratic advantage, and still Obama couldn’t do any better in head-to-heat matchups than 46%.  This post got over 202,000 pageviews, edging out the Chris Christie post at #2 by just 2,000, but beating the #3 post by almost 40,000 page views.

In the comment sections of this week’s retrospectives, most people assumed that the list would be filled with Palin entries.  Actually, we only had three posts in the top 50 about Palin; we had 4 about Chris Christie.  About the most consistent quality in the top 50 was the presence of video in the most popular posts.  For those who asked, Allahpundit’s the king of the top 50, with 27 posts to my 21 and two from our guest bloggers.

Thank you for making 2010 such a fun and successful year at Hot Air — we can’t wait for 2011!


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Great Review Ed, Your posts are as valued to us as well.
Hau’oli Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year)

Kini on December 31, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year)

Masaganang Bagong Taon, Ed!

itsnotaboutme on December 31, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Thanks for a great year Ed!!

Sending from the 5 sided puzzle palace…

Khun Joe on December 31, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Mr. Morrissey, how in the world is there only one Palin thread in the top 10? I have to say that it makes me very happy that we aren’t the one trick pony that it sometimes appears.

Cindy Munford on December 31, 2010 at 3:07 PM

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

May you and yours have a very blessed 2011!

cmsinaz on December 31, 2010 at 3:08 PM

I am so thankful I found HA several years ago. I love this site, Ed, AP, and the guest bloggers!

A safe and very Happy New Year to all here! Hope 2011 will be better than 2010, guess it couldn’t be worse.
L

letget on December 31, 2010 at 3:10 PM

•#1: PPP: Obama, Palin tied 46/46 in 2012 polling -

a perfect #1 for 2010….

cmsinaz on December 31, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Ed,

I may have missed it, but I did not see one of my favorite clips on the list. Actually, it may have been my favorite clip of the year. I protest this list on behalf of Phil Davison.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSePgODkj0c

swamp_yankee on December 31, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Gee, at the very least, I thought Helen Thomas’s “Jooooooooooos Go Home!”debacle would have made the Top 10.

On the other hand, I am just glad she has gone away.

Finally!

Gone!

Away!

pilamaye on December 31, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Masaganang Bagong Taon

itsnotaboutme on December 31, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Nice Tagalog!

Kini on December 31, 2010 at 3:16 PM

HotAir has become indispensable for me as a vital resource. I check it multiple times daily. Thanks to Ed and crew for all your hard work. Happy New Year to y’all.

LimaLimaMikeFoxtrot on December 31, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Thank you for making 2010 such a fun and successful year at Hot Air — we can’t wait for 2011!

No,Thank You…
..really appreciate having an alternate news source so that I don’t have to rely on the lame MSM.

Baxter Greene on December 31, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Akemasite omedeto(u)gozaimasu

あけましておめでとうございます

Or, as they say in Minnesota, Happy New Year.

Bishop on December 31, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Baxter Greene on December 31, 2010 at 3:20 PM

amen to that!

cmsinaz on December 31, 2010 at 3:23 PM

I love breakdowns like these.

Numbers of views,
Video / Non Video,
Subject

Might include times and regions (if they can be determined) and number of comments.

BowHuntingTexas on December 31, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Can we re-post the predictions thread from January? We did have one, didn’t we?

SouthernGent on December 31, 2010 at 3:27 PM

Pelosi – the anti-Viagra

50sGuy on December 31, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Happy New Year, Ed and Allah! Thanks for all that you do!!

Ponz on December 31, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Laura in Maryland on December 31, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Thank you, ma’am.

kingsjester on December 31, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Good to know. I hope the blog doesn’t tip over tonight.

abobo on December 31, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Is this going to be our Happy New Year thread? My best wishes to all for a great 2011. Thank Mr. Morrissey and Mr. Pundit, you are the best.

Cindy Munford on December 31, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Happy New Year Ed, AP can’t imagine the last year without HA, it is going to be a great 2011 with all of you.

pabo on December 31, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Thank Mr. Morrissey and Mr. Pundit, you are the best.
Cindy Munford on December 31, 2010 at 3:35 PM

2nd that!

cmsinaz on December 31, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Happy New Year to all the Hot Air fans.
Thanks Ed and Allah for an educational and entertaining 2010.
We’re looking forward to more of the same in the new year.

And Ed, let’s hear more from Marcia.

countrybumpkin on December 31, 2010 at 3:40 PM

I wonder which thread had the most comments…

ladyingray on December 31, 2010 at 3:42 PM

ladyingray on December 31, 2010 at 3:42 PM

it has to be election night, no?

cmsinaz on December 31, 2010 at 3:45 PM

I’m surprised as well there weren’t more Palin posts, based on my perception that they tended to have high comment totals. I thought that would translate into page views, or whatever criteria was used for the top 50.

Just shows why I’m not an internet professional, I guess!

cs89 on December 31, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Happy New Year. Any predictions as to what the Top 10 Topics might be next year?

Here are 2011 Predictions from Tea Party Bloggers!

Mutnodjmet on December 31, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Ah the estimable Allahpundit gets top spot.

Very good.

Thanks to everyone here at Hotair. The bloggers and the commenters all. It has been a memorable year and much more enjoyable thanks to all of your insights and humor.

Happy New Year Everyone!!!

Lily on December 31, 2010 at 4:13 PM

I am a little surprised that a Journolist post didn’t make it, unless I missed it.

Happy New Year to all!

Fallon on December 31, 2010 at 4:14 PM

What? No gay threads in the top 10???
I think who ever did the counting screwed up:)

Happy New Year to Hot Air…
May God continue to bless the USA

mnmom on December 31, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Great job, Ed.

Happy New Year to Ed, AP, and the entire Hot Air community.

aquaviva on December 31, 2010 at 4:31 PM

PPP: Obama, Palin tied 46/46 in 2012 polling Not only did this poll find Palin locked up with Obama, but also found that Obama trailed the other major would-be contenders from the GOP.

Can’t we just skip thru 2011 and Bring it on—2012!

Happy New Year!

Rovin on December 31, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Heh. I always wondered if it was “Illegals bused in by the thousands.” Now I know. :)

A Happy New Year to all!!

sisterchristian on December 31, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Happy New Year to everyone!

Emperor Norton on December 31, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Sad, Ed, really sad. Dale Petersen was waving a Winchester 30/30, NOT a shotgun.
Deduction of 10 Manly Points for that one!

michaelo on December 31, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Thanks Ed, AP and all involved for making HA such a great resource and community. Happy New Year to all!

GrannySunni on December 31, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Hotair is my go to blog on a daily basis not only because you guys work hard to tell the whole story from a variety of sources, but the posts come with some snappy commentary to keep it fun! Hope you have a successful 2011 and Happy New Year to you and all the HA community, you’re all great!

scalleywag on December 31, 2010 at 5:30 PM

And allow me to agree one more time that yes, Pelosi is a horrible woman!

scalleywag on December 31, 2010 at 5:32 PM

The Chris Christie shreds thin skinned reporter gets my #1 vote every time. I bet it gets the most replays from this current list.

moc23 on December 31, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Happy New Year all!

MAY OBAMA CONTINUE TO FAIL IN 2011!

RedNewEnglander on December 31, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Happy New Year to all! May 2011 be much better than 2010 and may the New Year bring much needed spines and cajones to the Republicans about to take the House and also those in the Senate.

HotAir has been a fun blog.

AZfederalist on December 31, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Uhhh, Happy Dadgum New Year! Love from the redneckian contigency here at HA.

di butler on December 31, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Was there any Pawlenty/Daniels/Thune threads in the top 100? Top 500? Top 1000?

Didn’t think so…LOL

Norwegian on December 31, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Happy new year to evryone at Hot Air…

SHARPTOOTH on December 31, 2010 at 6:13 PM

I’m surprised there wasn’t something from the Scott Brown election high up – this site was rockin’ last January with that race. I think the only post in the top 50 was #50 about Obama heckled at Martha Coakley rally.

Happy New Year to all HotAirHeads and to Ed and AP – a great year in 2010 and more to come in 2011 – who will be the first to announce? I say Pawlenty in February.

PatMac on December 31, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Mr. Morrissey, how in the world is there only one Palin thread in the top 10? I have to say that it makes me very happy that we aren’t the one trick pony that it sometimes appears.

Cindy Munford on December 31, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Well, the dirty little secret is that Palin occupies positions 51 though 764.987

As they say in toxicology, the dose makes the poison.

A tip of the hat to you, Ed and Allah! Happy New Year!

turfmann on December 31, 2010 at 6:42 PM

Best political blog on the Internet. You two guys have the right balance of humor, spot-on political analysis and off subject filler to make this site one I check hourly.

Have a great new year everybody!

oddjob1138 on December 31, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Happy New Year Everyone!

gary4205 on December 31, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Even though it’s soooo yesterday, Happy New Year to all! :)

OldEnglish on December 31, 2010 at 7:00 PM

As we say out chere in da sticks…..

Ed you and dat Allah feller dun guud dis past yeer. I hope yalls succeed like da DOTUS fails.

Happy New Years…..YeeeeeeeHawwwwwww!

PappyD61 on December 31, 2010 at 7:03 PM

GOTT NYTT ÅR!
And many thanks for all your hard work this past year, Ed and AP!

bandarlog on December 31, 2010 at 7:06 PM

202,000 unique page views? ‘Cause I know a lot of regulars here were furiously refreshing.

John the Libertarian on December 31, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Good job Ed and Allah ! Hope there was a bonus check in the envelope this week. Maybe a promotion to something like Brigadier Bloggermeister.

Looking forward to your 2011 follies, makes my day at least.

Bottoms Up !!

Robert17 on December 31, 2010 at 7:15 PM

I’m surprised that Scott Brown’s victory didn’t make the top 50.

aunursa on December 31, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Ed amd AP,thanks for putting up,with my off topic
adventures,multiple linkys,and you two have ROCKED
THE INTERNET,especially this year,and I thank You
both,

HAPPY NEW YEAR,

and to all Hot Air CrewMembers,who ply the Political Waters
on the Political WarShip,USS Hot Air!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on December 31, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Happy New Year Ed, AP, and all of HotAir. This is one of the blogs that has helped me maintain my semi-sanity over the last 2 years. This look back gives me hope that we can survive another 2 years.

sybilll on December 31, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Ed, Allah and All the Hot Air gang, Noo ong yong ei earong tong! And a great one to be sure!

Mason on December 31, 2010 at 8:03 PM

It’snotaboutme; When were you in the Philipines?

You all have kept me sane over the last 2 years, as well and since I didn’t say it before, thank you all, Merry Christmas and (I hope) an interesting New Year!

Bambi on December 31, 2010 at 8:32 PM

aunursa on December 31, 2010 at 7:44 PM

That was a fun night.

Cindy Munford on December 31, 2010 at 8:36 PM

canopfor on December 31, 2010 at 7:54 PM

tea cup at the ready big C :)

cmsinaz on December 31, 2010 at 8:39 PM

HaoPOhHMalikalshisbamBOOM…or whatever itsnotaboutme said up there at the top.

Happy New Year HotAirHeads!

Limerick on December 31, 2010 at 8:52 PM

I’m surprised that Scott Brown’s victory didn’t make the top 50. aunursa

I’m surprised too. It was a good night, as Cindy said. Sadly, I’d like to ask for my dollars back from Scottie for misrepresentation. Anyway, Happy New Year and thanks to all at HotAir. It is an oasis of sanity in BHO’s constant manufactured chaos. I can see 2012 tonight!

indypat on December 31, 2010 at 8:53 PM

•*☆★*•.¸.•*☆ * HAPPY NEW YEAR, HOT AIR! * ☆*•.¸.•*★☆*•

SalHansen on December 31, 2010 at 9:35 PM

A very Happy New Year to all at Hot Air. Be safe and have a prosperous year.

hawkman on December 31, 2010 at 11:51 PM

I wonder if Dem Hank Johnson is “tipsy” right now?

********Happy New Year HOT AIR**********

All the best in 2011!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TN Mom on December 31, 2010 at 11:53 PM

PPP: Obama, Palin tied 46/46 in 2012 polling Not only did this poll find Palin locked up with Obama, but also found that Obama trailed the other major would-be contenders from the GOP.

Obviously a Palin post would go #1. The funny thing about is that I can find plenty of polls that show Huckabee beating Obama or Mitt Romney defeating Obama.

I can’t believe that made the #1 post of the year. Pathetic.

Conservative Samizdat on January 1, 2011 at 4:05 AM

SalHansen on December 31, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Nice. Mind if I borrow a few of those for a minute?

* ☆*•.¸.•*★☆*•* ☆*•.¸.•*★☆*•
HAPPY NEW YEAR, HOTAIRHEADS!
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And thanks, Ed and AP, for a great year.

petefrt on January 1, 2011 at 7:48 AM

3) No Federal Budget — Big Media ignored the complete lack of responsibility by the Pelosi-Reid 111th Congress in fulfilling its basic constitutional duties. Not only did the Congress fail to pass a budget they barely made an effort to even adopt one, never passing a single one of the 13 necessary appropriations bills to fund government. Oh well, ho-hum!

J_Crater on January 1, 2011 at 8:34 AM

Thanks for the great posts and educational comments.

Here’s my belated nomination: most fun thread of 2010

NaCly dog on January 1, 2011 at 9:20 AM

I can’t believe that made the #1 post of the year. Pathetic.

Conservative Samizdat on January 1, 2011 at 4:05 AM

Reality just bit*ch slapped you along side the head. While Romney and others have tried their best to remain politically safe, Palin has stood up to every threat coming at the people. Palin is deserving of this title as she has put her ass on the line repeatedly while the other so called Conservatives have hid behind the closet door.

Keemo on January 1, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Happy New Year!

Thank you Ed and AllahP (and guest bloggers) for all your hard work. I really can’t imagine getting the “real” side of news stories in 2010 without HotAir.

Many more years and good health to all!

DrAllecon on January 1, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Ed, if it weren’t for you I’d no longer visit HA. Can’t stand the snarky, smarmy and condescending Allahpundit.

Charles Martel on January 1, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Reality just bit*ch slapped you along side the head. While Romney and others have tried their best to remain politically safe, Palin has stood up to every threat coming at the people. Palin is deserving of this title as she has put her ass on the line repeatedly while the other so called Conservatives have hid behind the closet door.

Keemo on January 1, 2011 at 10:53 AM

If the number #1 HA article was about Palin’s courage for standing up for conservative principles, I would have no problem with her at the number one spot.

Given that the 2012 elections haven’t even started yet, the poll means squat since those who like Huckabee can point to favorable polls showing him neck and neck with Obama just as Romney fans can do the same.

My issue isn’t with Palin being at the #1 spot, my issue is that a poll showing her neck and neck with Obama since other political candidates can show similar polls as well.

Its like giving the Nobel prize to a President who didn’t deserve it.

Conservative Samizdat on January 1, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Conservative Samizdat on January 1, 2011 at 1:01 PM

O.K.; I see your point… Happy New Year comrade. Enjoy this weekend, as we have much work to do starting on Monday.

Keemo on January 1, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Any post that ‘makes it’ is worth readin’… You’ve ALL done a great service this year. Well done & enjoy!

nationspatriotcom on January 2, 2011 at 6:39 AM