Happy New Year!  As we shrug off our hangovers and clean up the beer bottles, let’s take a look back to the ten most-trafficked posts at Hot Air in 2012.  We’ll start with a couple of open threads from the election, but those give way early to a few of the most memorable stories of the year.

And the post that got the most traffic in 2012 was …

  • #1 – Brutal: D.C. Circuit upholds ObamaCare mandate — in opinion authored by Reagan appointee – For some reason, this November 2011 post became the most trafficked post in 2012 — and the traffic didn’t even start until February.  It lasted through October.  I double-checked our stats through both Google Analytics and WordPress, and both confirm that this was the top view-getter in 2012.  I’m not sure why this became #1 in 2012, but it got nearly 2.7 million page views (over 2.3 million uniques), almost three times the number of the #2 post.  I nearly disqualified it for being too old, but decided it was intriguing enough to include.  Of course, the end of this story came in this post from June 2012.