Top Hot Air posts 2011: 21-30

posted at 6:05 pm on December 28, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

This is our third installment counting down the Hot Air posts with the most page views this year, and today we look at positions 21-30. This group includes two Sarah Palin posts — the final two, in fact, of this series — and at least three facepalm moments, including one of the Obamateurisms that made the semifinals.  They’re all fun posts to revisit in our stroll down Memory Lane:

  • 30: Breaking: Wisconsin Senate GOP to split off collective bargaining bill from budget, pass it separately? – And all holy Hell broke loose afterward. This was the beginning of the end of what really was the first Occupy protest.  Fitzgerald’s decision to separate the PEU reform forced the fleebaggers to return to their jobs in Wisconsin.
  • 29: Good news: Obama botches toast to the queen – Allahpundit’s brevity provided the needed wit for this embarrassing gaffe; the OOTD, OOTW, and OOTY candidate came shortly afterward.
  • 28: Bad news: Rand Paul outsmarts, embarrasses slow-witted Democrat – It was bad news … for Harry Reid, the slow-witted Democrat in question.  Senator Paul forced the Democrats to tie themselves in knots to avoid having to vote against Obama’s own words on the War Powers Act in 2007.  For Paul, it was a thing of beauty.
  • 27: Video: The flub heard ’round the world – There was nothing funny about this frightening moment for Serene Branson, an on-air reporter in Los Angeles.  She turned out to be OK, and we hope that Serene remains healthy today.  (Warning: the video autostarts at the link.)
  • 26: Video: Gingrich schools Pelley on “rule of law” on terrorists – A facepalm moment for CBS’ Scott Pelley, whose attempt to scold Newt Gingrich on international law during the one CBS debate ended up backfiring on him — and perhaps pointing out the moment when Gingrich’s boomlet really began.  CBS ended up with more than one facepalm moment that night, especially its decision to skip broadcasting the final 30 minutes in favor of a sporting event.  Why bother taking the debate at all, then?
  • 25: Video: Is Sarah Palin actually an idiot? – Only tangentially about Palin, thanks to another crude genitalia reference from Bill Maher.  Think of this as a political Rickroll on the Left.  Definitely worth another look now.
  • 24: Video: Police officer threatens concealed-carry driver with execution, beating – So whatever happened to Daniel Harless, anyway?  Last week, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that he’s still out, now on medical leave, reportedly having something to do with his heart.  For some reason, prosecutors pressed their case against driver William Bartlett — and a judge issued a summary dismissal after they rested their case.
  • 23: Palin knocks it out of the park – A great analysis of a Palin Facebook post from our outstanding Green Room contributor, J. E. Dyer.
  • 22: “Do you have a degree in economics?” – One rarely gets to see this kind of comeuppance in response to media talking-head arrogance.  Rep. Mo Brooks reminds MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer that tossing out challenges to credibility without knowing the answer is the surest path to humiliation.  Fortunately for Brewer, it happened on MSNBC, so only a few people saw it live.  Unfortunately for her, it lives on in YouTube forever.
  • 21: Victory: McDonald’s outsmarts San Francisco on Happy Meal ban – City issues dumb nanny-state law to curb corporate greed and exploitation of the young.  Corporation turns it into a profit opportunity.  Everyone’s happy, right?  Er … probably not, and it’s the families that got left holding the Happy Meal bag on this one.  Thank you, San Francisco!

Don’t forget to check out our earlier posts for 41-50 and 31-40!

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..what about all of the “first” comments?

The War Planner on December 28, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Contessa Brewer wants to know if Ed has a degree in post ranking.

BacaDog on December 28, 2011 at 6:13 PM

I got a feeling that the top 20 threads will all be Palin-nut threads….reflective of the poor crowd that made up HotGas during most of 2011. Not too many college-educated folks until the recent open registrations.

Jailbreak on December 28, 2011 at 6:18 PM

I got a feeling that the top 20 threads will all be Palin-nut threads….reflective of the poor crowd that made up HotGas during most of 2011. Not too many college-educated folks until the recent open registrations.

Jailbreak on December 28, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Your Palin infatuation continues. I suppose you see her in reflective objects as well?

portlandon on December 28, 2011 at 6:20 PM

I got a feeling that the top 20 threads will all be Palin-nut threads….reflective of the poor crowd that made up HotGas during most of 2011. Not too many college-educated folks until the recent open registrations.

Jailbreak on December 28, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Yeah, you’re right. BedBug and liberal4life are regular Rocket Scientists!

Del Dolemonte on December 28, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Your Palin infatuation continues. I suppose you see her in reflective objects as well?

portlandon on December 28, 2011 at 6:20 PM

That is rich coming from a loser who has spent YEARS obsessing on he next POTUS, namely Romney. At least I dont attack Sarah Palin’s religion…that would grounds for dismissal on any non-nutty blog.

Jailbreak on December 28, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Yeah, you’re right. BedBug and liberal4life are regular Rocket Scientists!

Del Dolemonte on December 28, 2011 at 6:23 PM

There are exceptions to every general rule.

Jailbreak on December 28, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Not too many college-educated folks until the recent open registrations.

Jailbreak on December 28, 2011 at 6:18 PM

That may or may not be true … however we’ve certainly picked up our fair share of ass-holes recently.

darwin on December 28, 2011 at 6:26 PM

That may or may not be true … however we’ve certainly picked up our fair share of ass-holes recently.

darwin on December 28, 2011 at 6:26 PM

wow…you dont even know how to spell cusswords properly. There is no dash there, fool.

Jailbreak on December 28, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Jailbreak on December 28, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Wait for the Ron Paul posts next year

William Amos on December 28, 2011 at 6:29 PM

I got a feeling that the top 20 threads will all be Palin-nut threads….reflective of the poor crowd that made up HotGas during most of 2011. Not too many college-educated folks until the recent open registrations.

Jailbreak on December 28, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Speak for yourself.

And Ed said,

This group includes two Sarah Palin posts — the final two, in fact, of this series

so the rest of the Top Threads are not Palin posts, right?

Reading is hard.

Who is John Galt on December 28, 2011 at 6:32 PM

#22

CLASSIC

heh

cmsinaz on December 28, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Reading is hard.

Who is John Galt on December 28, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Especially when blinded by PDS.

Flora Duh on December 28, 2011 at 6:36 PM

BacaDog on December 28, 2011 at 6:13 PM

+1

heh

cmsinaz on December 28, 2011 at 6:36 PM

“Do you have a degree in economics?”

Always good for a smile. Contessa Brewer … is she still around? My TV refuses to go to that channel.

darwin on December 28, 2011 at 6:37 PM

That is rich coming from a loser who has spent YEARS obsessing on he next POTUS, namely Romney. At least I dont attack Sarah Palin’s religion…that would grounds for dismissal on any non-nutty blog.

Jailbreak on December 28, 2011 at 6:23 PM

So you are one of my long time followers. Welcome! I’m glad to live in your head, right next to Sarah Palin. It must have been hard to watch and not be able to comment being you weren’t registered. I’m glad your here now though. Because HotAir didn’t have enough door mats for us to wipe our feet on.

And, as Who is John Galt pointed out, your huge brain must block your eyes, as Ed did point out that the last Palin threads are of the top 50, were just submitted.

It hurts to be right. But that is a pain you will never feel.

portlandon on December 28, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Video: Gingrich schools Pelley on “rule of law” on terrorists

I watched this a few times. Classic.

darwin on December 28, 2011 at 6:39 PM

I got a feeling that the top 20 threads will all be Palin-nut threads….reflective of the poor crowd that made up HotGas during most of 2011. Not too many college-educated folks until the recent open registrations.

Jailbreak on December 28, 2011 at 6:18 PM

What fuels your condescension and rudeness?

Just curious. Why did you register to post? To antagonize? America has been antagonized to its wits end with the obama presentduncy.

Tell the forum why you chose to register and why.

Key West Reader on December 28, 2011 at 6:39 PM

Not too many college-educated folks until the recent open registrations.

Jailbreak on December 28, 2011 at 6:18 PM

That is rich coming from a loser who has spent YEARS obsessing on he next POTUS, namely Romney.

Jailbreak on December 28, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Tell us oh brilliant college educated scholar, what does “on he next” mean?

portlandon on December 28, 2011 at 6:40 PM

I’ll never forget the look Her Majesty shot the boy king when he screwed up that toast. It was a sight to behold.

Flora Duh on December 28, 2011 at 6:41 PM

darwin on December 28, 2011 at 6:37 PM

nope, she left quite awhile ago

cmsinaz on December 28, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Not too many college-educated folks until the recent open registrations.

Jailbreak on December 28, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Now who looks like an idiot?

http://hotair.com.ninjastat.com/

angryed on December 28, 2011 at 6:42 PM

29: Good news: Obama botches toast to the queen – Allahpundit’s brevity provided the needed wit for this embarrassing gaffe; the OOTD, OOTW, and OOTY candidate came shortly afterward.

That was a sweet,sweet goodness. He and his followers are always taunting Obama’s intelligence. Yet he can’t even toast someone without looking like a complete imbecile.

portlandon on December 28, 2011 at 6:43 PM

# 29 is hilarious..:)

Dire Straits on December 28, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Jaily,

Notice something about the stats for HA? A big over representation of $100K+ income and a small over representation of college degrees.

Get over yourself sweetie, you’re not that special.

angryed on December 28, 2011 at 6:46 PM

just had to watch the contessa smackdown….

lolol

cmsinaz on December 28, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Not too many college-educated folks until the recent open registrations.

Jailbreak on December 28, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Contessa Brewer is a Hot Air commenter now?

SlaveDog on December 28, 2011 at 6:49 PM


just had to watch the contessa smackdown….

lolol

cmsinaz on December 28, 2011 at 6:47 PM

She was fired up and ready to go for Obama. But, eventually she just got fired.

Sweet

Key West Reader on December 28, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Sweet

Key West Reader on December 28, 2011 at 6:51 PM

indeed

cmsinaz on December 28, 2011 at 6:52 PM

angryed on December 28, 2011 at 6:46 PM

I think a gob of the OWS smaktards have ‘college degrees’.

You might just be dealing with a University of Phoenix alum there with a double major in Underwater Basket Weaving/Play Ground Management.

Watch out!!!!

BigWyo on December 28, 2011 at 6:58 PM

I got a feeling that the top 20 threads will all be Palin-nut threads….reflective of the poor crowd that made up HotGas during most of 2011. Not too many college-educated folks until the recent open registrations.

Jailbreak

Awwww, look, another troll trying to be funny.

EPIC FAIL!

Go home! Momma is calling you.

Gothguy on December 28, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Obama went to Harvard and Columbia. Always remember than when some douche like Jailbreak starts talking about education standards by which to judge people.

angryed on December 28, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Tell us oh brilliant college educated scholar, what does “on he next” mean?

portlandon on December 28, 2011 at 6:40 PM

SMACKdown.

Long haired country boy on December 28, 2011 at 7:26 PM

22: “Do you have a degree in economics?”

Wow!

Roymunson on December 28, 2011 at 7:29 PM

College graduates
Those who can’t do, teach.
Those who can’t teach, teach gym.
Those who can’t teach gym, go into politics.

oldman13 on December 28, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Tell us oh brilliant college educated scholar, what does “on he next” mean?

portlandon on December 28, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Resist We Much???

BigWyo on December 28, 2011 at 7:42 PM

27: Video: The flub heard ’round the world – There was nothing funny about this frightening moment for Serene Branson, an on-air reporter in Los Angeles.

Seriously? There was EVERYTHING funny about it. It only became “not funny” when people afterwards started going “hey, maybe she had a stroke.”

But she didn’t. So it remains funny.

Vyce on December 28, 2011 at 7:47 PM

I think that #27 represents the pinnacle of shameful webwide rubbernecking…not something to commemorate on a top 50 list.

I was actually very concerned for her.

TwoShortPlanks on December 28, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Regarding #26: Newt is incorrect.

Dante on December 28, 2011 at 8:23 PM

I got a feeling that the top 20 threads will all be Palin-nut threads….reflective of the poor crowd that made up HotGas during most of 2011. Not too many college-educated folks until the recent open registrations.

Jailbreak on December 28, 2011 at 6:18 PM

And you got your GED where?

KOOLAID2 on December 28, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Jailbreak on December 28, 2011

Sh!t! Now I know who you are!
You are the drunk driving Uncle of JugEars!
How did you get out of jail, and onto Hot Air so quick?

KOOLAID2 on December 28, 2011 at 8:44 PM

#22

CLASSIC

heh

cmsinaz on December 28, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Foot-in-mouth Contessa still makes me laugh.

Fallon on December 28, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Jailbreak on December 28, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Step right up, folks! Don’t be shy! Now taking wagers on when the ban hammer breaches the temporal region of Jailbreak’s empty cyber-skull!

turfmann on December 28, 2011 at 9:49 PM

I still love the smack down by Mo Brooks. I get the added bonus of him being my congressman. I sent contribution to his re-election campaign after that.

jjones on December 28, 2011 at 9:56 PM

That is rich coming from a loser who has spent YEARS obsessing on he next POTUS, namely Romney. At least I dont attack Sarah Palin’s religion…that would grounds for dismissal on any non-nutty blog.

Jailbreak on December 28, 2011 at 6:23 PM

“Loser” only jailbreak? No liberal faves like threating to stuff a foreign object up his rear end? You must be one-ah-dem new fangled moderate liberal huh. Ha!

RMR on December 29, 2011 at 12:08 AM

Regarding #26: Newt is incorrect.

Dante on December 28, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Nope. You fail again, paulbot.

Newt is exactly right.

Solaratov on December 29, 2011 at 12:35 AM

Sadly, I bet Contessa shrugged that off in minutes, such is the hubris and self-aggrandizing of modern liberals and the media. Humiliation is for the little people, to parrot Insty.

yaakman on December 29, 2011 at 2:35 AM

Not too many college-educated folks until the recent open registrations.

Jailbreak on December 28, 2011 at 6:18 PM

That may or may not be true … however we’ve certainly picked up our fair share of ass-holes recently.

darwin on December 28, 2011 at 6:26 PM

LMAO!!!

Hey all why answer this guy? Since he’s a liberal, doesn’t he think all people have a legitimate point of view that should be considered and given moral equivalency? Even (horrors!) the non-college educated? What a maroon….

exliberal on December 29, 2011 at 10:02 AM

No disrespect to http://hotair.com… but I am the best at what I do and that can’t be debated… there is no Hot Air Commenter that’s pulls in the numbers I do (especially during the run for President in 2008)

apocalypse on December 29, 2011 at 2:57 PM

wow…you dont even know how to spell cusswords properly. There is no dash there, fool.

Jailbreak on December 28, 2011 at 6:28 PM

We must concede your obvious expertise on the correct spelling of your title.

Next time we open the door, we should remember to post the “wipe your feet” and “no brains, no logic, no service” signs.

landlines on December 29, 2011 at 3:00 PM