Welcome to the new year, and say goodbye to the old! We had a weird and wild run in 2018, and now that we have divided government and a presidential campaign starting, we can look forward to an even wilder and weirder year in 2019. Before we move forward, though, let’s take a look back at top 18 posts by page views in 2018 to get a sense of where we’ve been.
- #18: Judge orders release of Antifa leader Yvette Felarca’s emails — John filled us in on the ongoing legal tribulations of this unmasked violent activist. We’ll continue to watch this and other such cases in 2019, of course.
- #17: Mark Judge is undermining his “friend” Brett Kavanaugh – It’s safe to say that nothing prepares anyone for the circumstances Judge faced in September. Jazz’ post outlines why an entire industry for crisis management exists.
- #16: White House Press Secretary triggers haters with shotgun photo – “And you thought #piegate was dumb,” frequent guest blogger Karen Townsend wrote. Well … yeah …
- #15: Professor notes men are taller than women on average, SJWs storm out angrily – The good news is that they were a small minority, John wrote, but it’s still interesting to see how provocative mundane truths can be.
- #14: Election night: Arizona, Montana, Nevada (Update: Jacky Rosen wins in Nevada) – Not a great night for the GOP in these three midterm states, but John kept us updated during Election Night.
- #13: Christine Blasey Ford’s 2nd door was for a marriage counseling office – There were a number of points in Blasey Ford’s story that didn’t quite add up, and this was one of them.
- #12: Teamsters union takes all but $15 of UPS workers’ pay – Jazz wrote this less than two weeks ago, making its ranking even more remarkable. The fruits of Janus may be even larger than first thought, especially if this is how unions react.
- #11: Ocasio-Cortez: Think of all the funeral expenses we’ll save under Medicare for All! – The Congressional rookie made a lot of interesting arguments over the past year, but the idea that Medicare prevents funeral expenses amused me no end … and apparently you as well.
- #10: Election night: Indiana, Tennessee, Texas; Update: No blue wave? Update: ABC calls it for Mike Braun; Update: Bloomberg calls it for Marsha Blackburn; Update: Fox projects Dem House majority; Update: ABC calls it for Ted Cruz – How did Allahpundit get to blog about the good midterm states? He did a great job riding herd on some excellent results on Election Night.
- #9: Live Video, Blog part 2: Kavanaugh’s testimony – Needless to say, Brett Kavanaugh’s second confirmation hearing got a lot more attention than his first. John live-blogged the second session, which of course leads us to …
- #8: Live video, blog: Exercise in Futility II: The Kavanaughcalypse begins; Update: Grassley blasts Feinstein – The first session featured Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony and questioning, which I live-blogged.
- #7: If Schumer hadn’t insisted on filibustering Gorsuch he’d be in a much better position now – This Allahpundit analysis from late June after the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy might be the most reusable post we’ve ever had at Hot Air. Or at least the most resuable headline.
- #6: The mass shooting nobody will march against – An outbreak of gang warfare in New Jersey went under the media’s radar, and Jazz wondered why.
- #5: Engineer teaches porch pirates a lesson with fart-spray-glitter-bomb – John’s feel-good story of the year didn’t get diminished by a later revelation that the inventor’s friends might have cooked up a couple of the responses. It’s still a marvel of engineering, and it still nailed a couple of real porch pirates.
- #4: Maryland’s “red flag law” claims its first victim as police kill gun owner – A tough situation made tougher by serving an Extreme Risk Protective Order. Be sure to read Jazz’ thoughts on how this was avoidable all around.
- #3: Yes, let’s see the emails that led to Deborah Ramirez’s accusation against Kavanaugh – Allahpundit never did get a chance to see those emails and neither did anyone else, which is too bad. All we know now is that the FBI couldn’t find any corroboration for Ramirez’ claims or those of Blasey Ford’s.
- #2: White House: New bipartisan DACA plan “giant amnesty” – We started the year off with one shutdown and now we’re in the middle of another. My post from the first one demonstrates how little the terms have changed in the intervening time.
And the top post of the year was …
- #1: An army of illegal aliens is marching on America – I guess Newt Gingrich was right — the year turned out to be all about Kavanaugh and caravans! Jazz gets the top post for 2018 with his look at the migrant caravans waaaaaay back in March.
Happy New Year, everyone, and let’s hope for more peace, prosperity, and happiness in 2019.