Hot Air’s Top 40 for 2012: The top ten posts of the year

posted at 9:01 am on January 1, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

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.

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wow, wasn’t expecting that…

however, obamacare will be the gift that keeps on giving for the next couple of years….

HAPPY NEW YEAR Ed!

cmsinaz on January 1, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Bishop!

Happy New Year, Hot-Gassers!

BacaDog on January 1, 2013 at 9:10 AM

AP’s posts on number 9 are practically comedy now:

Speaking with reporters on his campaign plane for the last time, Mitt Romney revealed that he’s only written one speech so far.

“I just finished writing a victory speech,” he told the travelling press. “It’s about 1,118 words. And, uh, I’m sure it will change before I’m finished, because I haven’t passed it around to my family and friends and advisers to get their reaction, but I’ve only written one speech at this point.”

Update: A case study in why you shouldn’t trust early exit polls. According to CNN, the partisan split in Ohio tonight is D+7, which nearly equals the D+8 that Democrats produced in Obama’s wave year of 2008. No way is that correct.

Update: With 26 percent in, Romney’s lead in North Carolina is less than a point. But Jim Geraghty reports that the mood among GOP insiders about NC, FL, and especially VA has improved markedly in the past half hour or so.

Update: Back in Virginia, Romney’s atoning for his underperformance in Chesterfield County with big numbers up north:

Whaddaya know: Romney doing surprisingly well in NoVa, which is improving his VA odds. Loudoun 49-49; Fairfax 56-42% Obama

Ben Domenech also now thinks Romney will hang on in Virginia. Fingers crossed.

Update: Patrick Ruffini spies a 16-point swing against Obama in Arlington County and is now wondering if Virginia might even be called for the GOP before Florida.

Once you hit the Wisconsin results being called, the Mittwits suddenly became sober.

Stoic Patriot on January 1, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Happy New Year all good people!!

itsspideyman on January 1, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Happy New Year to all here on HA.
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letget on January 1, 2013 at 9:14 AM

1,481 days to go…

trubble on January 1, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Happy New Year, y’all.

1,481 days to go…

trubble on January 1, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Long hard slog ahead.

petefrt on January 1, 2013 at 9:21 AM

kinda fitting to see lying ryun with his paw out begging. loser.

renalin on January 1, 2013 at 9:25 AM

kinda fitting to see lying ryun with his paw out begging. loser.

renalin on January 1, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Go back to kneeling at your shrine of Rat-Eared Purple Lipped Thief.

fossten on January 1, 2013 at 9:44 AM

cmsinaz on January 1, 2013 at 9:06 AM

…nice Bishop!

H A P P Y

N E W

Y E A R !

KOOLAID2 on January 1, 2013 at 9:51 AM

AP’s posts on number 9 are practically comedy now:

Stoic Patriot on January 1, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Well, along with the previous six or eight months of posts and comments. What a treasure trove. Probably at least a gigabyte’s worth of “Mitt’s gonna do it!!!!” foolishness.

ddrintn on January 1, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Probably at least a gigabyte’s worth of “Mitt’s gonna do it!!!!” foolishness.

ddrintn on January 1, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Doh! ABO overroad rationality. When the choice was between Barack and a hard place, one can talk oneself into believing that the hard place is the much prefered lesser of two evils.

What are mixed metaphors for $100, Alex?

Fallon on January 1, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Aaahhhhhh, good times back in the heyday that we thought Romney Ryan would run a winning campaign.

….and then after leading by 6-7 points in Gallup after the first debate Romney decides to roll over and play dead in the 2nd debate. And that was followed by the third debate when he couldn’t get the words “I agree with the President” out of his mouth fast enough.

…..and here we are.

The gop is dead as an effective opposition party and the Senate passes a bill with OVERWHELMING republican support that has NO SUBSTANTIVE SPENDING CUTS but billions in new tax increases. And abandons tax cuts as a economic argument to stimulate the economy.

2012……….nail / coffin / gop

PappyD61 on January 1, 2013 at 10:06 AM

P R E S E N T…! ! !

KOOLAID2 on January 1, 2013 at 10:07 AM

KOOLAID2 on January 1, 2013 at 9:51 AM

:)
morning KA2 :)

cmsinaz on January 1, 2013 at 10:10 AM

kinda fitting to see lying ryun with his paw out begging. loser.

renalin on January 1, 2013 at 9:25 AM

…I see you are starting out the New Year…with your own private part…in your mouth!
New Years resolution?

KOOLAID2 on January 1, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Doh! ABO overroad rationality. When the choice was between Barack and a hard place, one can talk oneself into believing that the hard place is the much prefered lesser of two evils.

Fallon on January 1, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Thus, the comedy. TROLLCOTT!!!!!!

ddrintn on January 1, 2013 at 10:23 AM

KOOLAID2 on January 1, 2013 at 10:13 AM

the election unmasked who ryun really is. a big government statist. you wanna support that? be my guest.

i want freedom.don’t you?

renalin on January 1, 2013 at 10:24 AM

BTW……who were the eight senators that didn’t vote for this steaming pile of TAX INCREASE SHINOLA?

$41 of tax increases (that they will just spend)……$1 of “cuts” in spending (which they will later reinstate) = fiscal sanity???

Tell me the gop is still a viable opposition party?

PappyD61 on January 1, 2013 at 10:25 AM

#1 cuz the fact that no one has our backs has been revealed. The ruling class can do whatever they want and there is no one to stop it. The govt we elect no longer listens to us. We’re done.

Kissmygrits on January 1, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Happy New Year!

CorporatePiggy on January 1, 2013 at 10:38 AM

i want freedom …from TROLLS… don’t you?

renalin on January 1, 2013 at 10:24 AM

KOOLAID2 on January 1, 2013 at 10:40 AM

renalin on January 1, 2013

…on the XTRA network…if you have Comcast Cable they are expounding on the Beazil Butt Lift…get away from your keyboard and watch it…spend a few Bama Bucks!….you may not have to BEND OVER so far this year!

KOOLAID2 on January 1, 2013 at 10:49 AM

…’BRAZIL’ Butt Lift…(what is preview for?)

KOOLAID2 on January 1, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Wait a minute, the handbasket that I’m riding in says Made in China… Why is it getting so warm?

It isn’t at all obvious why ‘handbasket’ was chosen as the preferred vehicle to convey people to hell. One theory on the origin of the phrase is that derives from the use of handbaskets in the guillotining method of capital punishment. If Hollywood films are to be believed, the decapitated heads were caught in baskets – the casualty presumably going straight to hell, without passing Go.

The first version of ‘in a handbasket’ in print does in fact relate to an imaginary decapitated head. In Samuel Sewall’s Diary, 1714, we find:

“A committee brought in something about Piscataqua. Govr said he would give his head in a Handbasket as soon as he would pass it.”

Sewall was born in England but emigrated to America when he was nine, and this citation reinforces the widely held opinion that the phrase is of US origin. That is almost certainly the case and, even now, ‘hell in a handbasket’ isn’t often used outside the USA…

Fallon on January 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM

I wish the Pubs in Congress would just do like Arlen Specter and switch parties, because this sham is getting old. The GOP offers candidates no Conservative wants to vote for, and this time (if the stories are true) the candidate of choice didn’t really want the job!

If liberals are thrilled that the ‘rich’ pay more, they need to consider two things: No Congresscritter is going to be paying the new higher tax rates, and the middle class will end up paying more, too. Payroll taxes will be going up, which means any pay raises will be small to non-existent.

Worse, next time we get screwed we’ll have to supply our own KY.

Liam on January 1, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Happy New Year HA Brothers and Sisters!

jeffinsjvca on January 1, 2013 at 11:30 AM

i want freedom …from TROLLS… don’t you?

renalin on January 1, 2013 at 10:24 AM

KOOLAID2 on January 1, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Oh, I dunno. Looking back on some of those Romney threads, the “trolls” were the only ones who sounded at least halfway sane.

ddrintn on January 1, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Hot Air’s Top 40 for 2012:

Not a single Tea Party or Palin appearance in the bunch — kind of like the Republican National Convention.

Causation of, or mere correlation with, the 2012 election results? You be the judge …

ShainS on January 1, 2013 at 11:47 AM

at least halfway sane.

ddrintn on January 1, 2013 at 11:34 AM

…insanity won!…JugEars is President!
I wanted Palin…but Romney was a good man.

KOOLAID2 on January 1, 2013 at 11:49 AM

…insanity won!…JugEars is President!

KOOLAID2 on January 1, 2013 at 11:49 AM

“MITTMENTUM!!!!! UNSKEW UNSKEW!!!! MITTSLIDE!!! TROLLCOTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ddrintn on January 1, 2013 at 11:54 AM

ddrintn

…I know! (:-<)

KOOLAID2 on January 1, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Happy New Year everyone.

If the first day represents what is to follow for the rest of the year, we’re phucked, period.
Senate give us legislation that jams us up with $41 in TAXES for every dollar in spending reductions (might I say ‘cuts’?) we’er double phucked.
AND King Putt wants to SPEND MORE!
Yea, this handbasket is getting warmer every day.
God help us all.

Missilengr on January 1, 2013 at 12:17 PM

If Hollywood films are to be believed, the decapitated heads were caught in baskets –

Fallon on January 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Actually, when a guillotine was used, there were three baskets used; because the head would fly off in one of three calculated directions.
A basket placed under the front of the board would most likely be missed – and useless.

trivia

Solaratov on January 1, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Day 1 of the New Revolution.

Jeddite on January 1, 2013 at 2:51 PM

I could only bring myself to read #9, the “Melty Bunnies” thread, about two weeks after Nov. 6.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on January 1, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Oh, I dunno. Looking back on some of those Romney threads, the “trolls” were the only ones who sounded at least halfway sane.

ddrintn on January 1, 2013 at 11:34 AM

I call BS. We wouldn’t be having half these discussions if Romney would have won. He’d have a spending cuts bill placed in front of him and shamed into signing it.

We also wouldn’t be having these discussions about ObamaCare as it would have been killed, as both Romney and Ryan pledged to do numerous times. Enjoy the higher premiums, wait lists and death panels.

One thing everyone seems to forget is that the democrats don’t have these idiotic arguments. Can anyone show me a serious rift within the party during an election? Of course not. They get on board because they are serious about WINNING. And win they did.

There’s a lesson there, but the “I told you so” people would rather bask in the glow of an empty victory.

kim roy on January 1, 2013 at 4:31 PM

I call BS. We wouldn’t be having half these discussions if Romney would have won. He’d have a spending cuts bill placed in front of him and shamed into signing it.

kim roy on January 1, 2013 at 4:31 PM

That “if” though is the key: there were some people who correctly perceived the election as one Obama would win, and others who wrongly perceived it as one Romney would win.

If we’re to judge by results, then the people who predicted the outcome correctly are the ones with greater credibility. Many of the people who were correctly saying Obama would win also claimed that Romney would do nothing to repeal Obamacare. Given that Romney provided the model for Obamacare, did he really have a reason to repeal it?

It’s not basking in the glow of an empty victory, but in the glow of being better tethered to reality — certainly far better than those claiming not just a Romney win, but a Romney landslide.

Stoic Patriot on January 1, 2013 at 4:38 PM

It’s not basking in the glow of an empty victory, but in the glow of being better tethered to reality — certainly far better than those claiming not just a Romney win, but a Romney landslide.

Stoic Patriot on January 1, 2013 at 4:38 PM

So wandering about with a 50/50 chance of being right predicting a loss somehow makes someone more “credible”. No. I call them “lucky”. Plus, wandering around denigrating a candidate to increase your chances of being “right” or “more credible” isn’t really something to aspire to, is it?

My point was that if Romney would have won, if we could have got our game in order and our party together and actually were serious about winning rather than personal glory about being “right”, then a number of arguments and issues would not be arguments and issues.

Romney pledged a number of times to repeal ObamaCare. That is dangerous to do if you aren’t serious. He also had better ideas on the economy than Obama did.

It always, at least for me, came down to who was the better choice after the primary – Romney or Obama. If you are arguing that Obama is, then just say so.

kim roy on January 1, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Don’t care.

Sherman1864 on January 1, 2013 at 5:38 PM

I call BS. We wouldn’t be having half these discussions if Romney would have won.

kim roy on January 1, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Exactly. Romney wasn’t ever going to win.

ddrintn on January 1, 2013 at 6:01 PM

It’s not basking in the glow of an empty victory, but in the glow of being better tethered to reality — certainly far better than those claiming not just a Romney win, but a Romney landslide.

Stoic Patriot on January 1, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Bingo.

ddrintn on January 1, 2013 at 6:02 PM

My point was that if Romney would have won, if we could have got our game in order and our party together

kim roy on January 1, 2013 at 4:50 PM

LOL. The very fact that Romney was the nominee showed that the game was nowhere near “in order”.

ddrintn on January 1, 2013 at 6:03 PM

To Arm Conservatives on Social Security Reform.

In case you care, a visit to “centrist” sites will show that people want less spending. This is strong until you approach specifics, then they want nothing cut. The liberals know how entitlements galvanize whole sectors of the population. They trot out former President Bush’s attempt to “privatize” Social Security every bloody chance they get! I have heard no Republican or conservative to leftys when the subject floats to the surface.

The popular mind, crammed and stuffed with the recent stock scandals and overall value declines really help them with the scare. The Dems know this and love it. I don’t have to check polls, I watch the threads.

They never get an argument, even on Fox or PBS!

Kindly tell them that the plan was for a program like federal employees have as an option for retirement funds. It was NOT an ill defined, whacked out dish for set for Wall Street sharks like some allege.

Second, tell them that the federal plan has increased 25% in value since W suggested it in 2005. Moreover, the Dow has gone from 10,617 at the very date his speech to 13,200 or so today.

The idea that it is solvent for another 20 years, I may attack in a later post. Suffice to say that the assumption is questionable.

My heartbreak: I have an easy time smoking liberals and I ain’t Einstein.

What was wrong with Mitt and his gang?

They hated me.

IlikedAUH2O on January 1, 2013 at 6:13 PM

But, but, but… the Sarah Palin fanatics told us that Palin generated more blog traffic than anyone in history. How could it be that there isn’t a single Sarah Palin post to be found in the “top posts of the year” list? Could it be that the same 5 Palin-worshiping commenters who obessively comment over and over on any Palin-related post aren’t actually affecting traffic all that much? Could it be that Palin, who received significantly less votes than our 2012 ticket, just isn’t the draw her fanatics thought he was?

Very revealing.

bluegill on January 1, 2013 at 7:13 PM

So wandering about with a 50/50 chance of being right predicting a loss somehow makes someone more “credible”. No. I call them “lucky”. Plus, wandering around denigrating a candidate to increase your chances of being “right” or “more credible” isn’t really something to aspire to, is it?

My point was that if Romney would have won, if we could have got our game in order and our party together and actually were serious about winning rather than personal glory about being “right”, then a number of arguments and issues would not be arguments and issues.

Romney pledged a number of times to repeal ObamaCare. That is dangerous to do if you aren’t serious. He also had better ideas on the economy than Obama did.

It always, at least for me, came down to who was the better choice after the primary – Romney or Obama. If you are arguing that Obama is, then just say so.

kim roy on January 1, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Exactly.

Some of these people enjoy holding themselves up on a higher plane of supposed “true conservatism” and won’t name a single candidate they support. They are tiresome, immature “more conservative than thou” naysayers, and they get off on denigrating literally almost every candidate as unworthy of their vote. Disagreement among Republicans is expected in the primaries, but these self-proclaimed “true conservatives” continued to work against or refused to support our nominee out of pure spite and immaturity.

Just think about it: what would these self-proclaimed “true cons” do with themselves if they didn’t have supposed “RINO” candidates to complain about? Complaining about “moderates” is their whole identity; it’s what they do.

bluegill on January 1, 2013 at 7:30 PM