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SARAH PALIN is the Hot Air Readership Republican of the Year and Preferred Presidential Candidate
Hot Air ^ | PATRICK ISHMAEL

Posted on 12/04/2010 6:40:44 PM PST by Anamnesis

And the 2010 HARRY Award goes to…

posted at 8:40 pm on December 4, 2010 by Patrick Ishmael

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A big thanks to everyone that participated in this First Annual HARRY balloting. In 24 hours, over 4000 readers cast their ballots for the best and worst of the 2010 political season. So, who’s the Hot Air Readership Republican of the Year?

Like any good awards ceremony, we’ll start off with the minor categories.

Hot Air Story of the Year

Beating out its nearest competitor by more than a three-to-one margin, the blog post Video: Chris Christie destroys reporter for calling him confrontational takes home the inaugural HASY Trophy, snatching up 40% of the vote in the six-way race. This year’s runner-up is “Dingell: It will take a while for ObamaCare to ‘control the people’.” Rounding out the top 3 — “Dem congressman: If Guam gets too overpopulated, it might tip over.” (Be sure to search the Archives yourself for some of the other oldie-but-goodies.)

Favorite Topic of the Year

What pushed readers’ buttons? It looks like anything and everything Chris Christie was welcome content, with posts relating to the current New Jersey governor capturing the only majority answer for the question (51%). Christie was more popular than posts on The economy and even Sarah Palin. Following Opinion pieces and Campaign coverage, Ed’s Obamateurisms clearly struck the right chord with visitors to Hot Air, rounding out the clearly popular categories. Not so popular? Posts about Christine O’Donnell, Robots, and Religion.

Preferred Vice Presidential Candidate of Hot Air Readers

Taking the prize for Best Politician Hopefully in a Supporting Role, Florida Senator-elect Marco Rubio topped the vice presidential list by a squeaker over crowd favorite Chris Christie, 564 votes to 523 votes. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal came in a close third with 517 votes. Taking fourth, fifth, and sixth were Congressman Paul Ryan, former Governor Sarah Palin, and Florida Congressman-elect Allen West, in that order. (Note Palin and West; we’ll get back to them in a moment.)

And now, performance art.

Moving on.

In the category of Least Liked Topic We Specifically Polled Anyway, readers by a resounding 67% to 16% favored Christine O’Donnell over Mike Castle in their 2010 Delaware primary match-up. As for supporting a rematch with her as the nominee in 2014, readers were… less enthusiastic.

Hot Air readers are decidedly opposed to Republican candidates for President attending Politico’s Spring debate, generally preferring that the candidates refrain from participating in such an event until the end of the year.

So, back to the candidates themselves: When they cast their votes, what qualities were Hot Air readers looking for in their preferred candidate for President?

Preferred Presidential Candidate of Hot Air Readers

And the winner for Best Politician in a Hopefully Leading Role is Sarah Palin, beating Chris Christie handily and in a substantial reversal from the last poll we took at Hot Air on the topic. Paul Ryan, Bobby Jindal, and Mitt Romney round out the list at three, four and five.

Worth noting here is that while the “most popular President-VP ticket” would seem to be Palin-Rubio based on the results, that pairing was not the most common pairing explicitly given by Hot Air readers.

I’ve prepared a chart to help explain this. Down the left hand column is the preferred President of readers, with the highlighted box signaling which VP candidate was paired with him or her most frequently. So, Palin supporters chose Allen West most often as their VP choice. In contrast, the most popular pairing where Rubio was the VP on a ticket was when Chris Christie was the choice for President. Interesting stuff to me.

A look back at those we lost this year

Assuming there were that many, of course. Personally, I think the following groups won more Republican seats than they “lost,” but Hot Air readers have a decidedly more mixed, and basically negative, opinion of these organizations: the NRCC and NRSC.

Readers may not have liked these organizations, but they did like at least one person. A lot. In fact, so much so that this person is…

The Hot Air Readership Republican of the Year

And the HARRY goes to…

Sarah Palin. It wasn’t particularly close, either. Lots of voters commented that while they couldn’t vote for her for President, she was undoubtedly the biggest Republican mover and shaker of 2010. When I argued last year that the then-former governor Palin ought to “run for Congress” in 2010, I believed that she would play an enormously important role in winning back Republican seats. I noted at the time,

[W]hile Palin’s resignation certainly risks her own personal ambitions for higher office, it also opens up her hand to do the some of the free-wheeling, unfiltered campaigning she couldn’t do last year, with the prime beneficiary the center-right cause. If Palin wants to strengthen her political future, I can’t think of a better way to do it.

Obviously, not all of the 63 seats I predicted Republicans would take were directly a result of her interventions, but Palin drove much of the political conversation over the last 18 months. That’s not an easy feat for a typical politician, but Sarah Palin is not your typical politician. Whatever you think of the Mama Grizzly, you have got to respect her tenaciousness.

She got my vote, and clearly a lot — and I mean a lot – of Hot Air readers cast their ballots likewise.

That concludes this First Annual HARRY Awards ceremony. Hope you enjoyed it. I’m on Twitter. And I’ll leave you with this diddy as a parting tribute to the most endangered among us: http://www.youtube.com/v/QOvIot-i6rY?fs=1&hl=en_US

Until next post.


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KEYWORDS: 2012president; freepressforpalin; hotair; obama; palin; politics; sarahpalin
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1 posted on 12/04/2010 6:40:50 PM PST by Anamnesis
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To: Anamnesis

Palin/Christie ?

Both would be half term governors.


2 posted on 12/04/2010 6:44:05 PM PST by Aroostook25
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To: onyx; Brices Crossroads; Virginia Ridgerunner

Ping. I guess Allahpundit didn’t count the votes. :)


3 posted on 12/04/2010 6:44:24 PM PST by Al B.
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To: Anamnesis

Surprising since HotAir is not a bastion of Sarah supporters, especially with one one the bloggers, Allahpundit being snarky against Sarah and a Mitt fan........There are a few Palin supporters who do fight for her on that site though


4 posted on 12/04/2010 6:47:20 PM PST by Bigtigermike
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To: Aroostook25

I don’t think Christie will join the Palin ticket. He doesn’t like her


5 posted on 12/04/2010 6:47:46 PM PST by 4rcane
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To: Anamnesis; jessduntno; LibertyRocks; Nepeta; PowerPro; Irish Eyes; jennings2004; trillabodilla; ...
SARAH PALIN'S PING LIST


6 posted on 12/04/2010 6:48:48 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: Bigtigermike

Its just Allahpundit thats anti-Palin. Most of the other writers tend to be neutral or pro Palin, but since Allahpundit post ALOT more articles than the rest, it may seem like Hotair is anti-Palin


7 posted on 12/04/2010 6:50:44 PM PST by 4rcane
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To: Al B.; Brices Crossroads; Virginia Ridgerunner; Lakeshark; Sarah Barracuda; t-dude; Windflier; ...
I guess Allahpundit didn’t count the votes. :)

LOL. He'll need to write more and nastier stories about her also.

8 posted on 12/04/2010 6:52:29 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: 4rcane

I like Doctor Zero. He write maybe once a week, but not only is he pro-Palin, he’s also one of the best writers on there


9 posted on 12/04/2010 6:53:32 PM PST by 4rcane
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To: Anamnesis

Pissant......Pick up the house phone.....


10 posted on 12/04/2010 6:53:45 PM PST by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: Al B.

Allahputz must be royally ticked off right now.


11 posted on 12/04/2010 6:54:08 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Aroostook25

Which means nothing where LEADERSHIP is concerned.


12 posted on 12/04/2010 6:55:40 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: onyx

Palin/West baby!


13 posted on 12/04/2010 6:56:49 PM PST by PowerPro (2010 - Conservative Revolution Reborn! Palin/West 2012)
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To: Anamnesis

14 posted on 12/04/2010 6:57:38 PM PST by Diogenesis ('Freedom is the light of all sentient beings.' - Optimus Prime)
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To: 4rcane

Eh...Dr. Zero “graduated” Hot Air’s Green Room and is now a contributor to Humane Events, leaving his pseudonym behind: http://www.humanevents.com/search.php?author_name=John+Hayward


15 posted on 12/04/2010 6:58:06 PM PST by Anamnesis
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To: Anamnesis

Surprising since HotAir is not a bastion of Sarah supporters, especially with one one the bloggers, Allahpundit being snarky against Sarah and a Mitt fan........There are a few Palin supporters who do fight for her on that site though


16 posted on 12/04/2010 6:58:52 PM PST by Bigtigermike
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To: Anamnesis

Perhaps I’m just engaging in shadenfreude to point out that Palin’s bar with Jindal just above her and Pawlenty and Petraeus below her bar on the graph, looks a but like a middle finger.


17 posted on 12/04/2010 7:00:24 PM PST by JaguarXKE (RINOs be gone!)
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To: Anamnesis

How do we know this poll wasn’t ‘freeped’?


18 posted on 12/04/2010 7:03:54 PM PST by Kimberly GG ("Path to Citizenship" Amnesty candidates will NOT get my vote! DeMint, 2012)
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To: Anamnesis; Al B.; Sarah Barracuda; Brices Crossroads; Lakeshark; Windflier; penelopesire

Palin/

West* = this has been HillBuzz’s pick for ages....lol.

Jindal

Christie* = Rush gave both Sarah & Christie his highest ratings but Christie doesn’t like her and I don’t much like him

Rubio


19 posted on 12/04/2010 7:05:11 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: Kimberly GG

I for one, didn’t even know about it!


20 posted on 12/04/2010 7:06:03 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: Kimberly GG
How do we know this poll wasn’t ‘freeped’?

Or worse - DWTSed! LOL

21 posted on 12/04/2010 7:08:54 PM PST by JaguarXKE (RINOs be gone!)
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To: onyx

I did’t either. What surprises me is the number of ‘other’ voters. Wonder WHO the ‘other(s)’ would be?


22 posted on 12/04/2010 7:10:21 PM PST by Kimberly GG ("Path to Citizenship" Amnesty candidates will NOT get my vote! DeMint, 2012)
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To: Anamnesis

Also, Romney have really fallen from the pack. It used to be Palin vs Romney groupie
Now
its Palin vs Christie groupie


23 posted on 12/04/2010 7:13:13 PM PST by 4rcane
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To: Anamnesis

Palin/West...Round the clock suicide watch inside the Beltway and unlimited Prozac.


24 posted on 12/04/2010 7:13:33 PM PST by bereanway (I'd rather have 40 Marco Rubios than 60 Arlen Specters)
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To: Anamnesis

He no longer write for Hotair?


25 posted on 12/04/2010 7:15:27 PM PST by 4rcane
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To: Anamnesis
I'll take Allen West/Paul Ryan 2012.

I know, I know, two Congressmen on the ticket. But, oh well. They'd win. West's national security hands-on experience and Paul Ryan - the economic whiz-kid.

26 posted on 12/04/2010 7:22:37 PM PST by Falcon28
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To: Aroostook25

As opposed to a 1/3 term Senator?


27 posted on 12/04/2010 7:23:29 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Kimberly GG

The 241 other, looks like the compilation of Will, Malkin, and the others listed on the more inclusive list.


28 posted on 12/04/2010 7:27:56 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: PowerPro

Right on...said it first!


29 posted on 12/04/2010 7:30:47 PM PST by Crim (The Obama Doctrine : A doctrine based on complete ignorance,applied with extreme incompetence..)
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To: Al B.; Bigtigermike

I put this into front page news....LOL.


30 posted on 12/04/2010 7:37:15 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: bereanway

LOL! That is very true! A Palin/West ticket would cause them all to convulse. I’d love every minute of seeing them writhe in simultaneous fear and disgust. I’d love seeing a Palin/West ticket even more.


31 posted on 12/04/2010 7:40:36 PM PST by dinodino
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To: bereanway

LOL! That is very true! A Palin/West ticket would cause them all to convulse. I’d love every minute of seeing them writhe in simultaneous fear and disgust. I’d love seeing a Palin/West ticket even more.


32 posted on 12/04/2010 7:40:41 PM PST by dinodino
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To: Diogenesis

Nicely done!
No horse for Romney and now he’s fallen into donkey land too.


33 posted on 12/04/2010 7:40:44 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

allahpundit

1. “Allahputz must be royally ticked off right now” http://tinyurl.com/22vsbkl 3 minutes ago via web


34 posted on 12/04/2010 7:48:46 PM PST by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: roses of sharon

That’s going back to VR’s post....


35 posted on 12/04/2010 7:53:22 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: 4rcane

Hasn’t Doc Zero moved to Human Events?


36 posted on 12/04/2010 7:53:39 PM PST by ConjunctionJunction
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To: 4rcane

‘I don’t think Christie will join the Palin ticket. He doesn’t like her’

A very strange reason for someone to make a decision of this importance.


37 posted on 12/04/2010 8:02:46 PM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: Anamnesis

Take that, Allahpundit, you snarky little queer!


38 posted on 12/04/2010 8:03:08 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

Touche! As a still free American I have chosen to work, and take a job/ quit a job when I decide. I hope I read your meaning correctly.


39 posted on 12/04/2010 8:05:59 PM PST by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal!)
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To: onyx

Yep, I thought it was funny that he was tweeting about her post!

http://www.nationalreview.com/tweet


40 posted on 12/04/2010 8:06:15 PM PST by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: roses of sharon; Virginia Ridgerunner; Al B.
OH DUH - LOL... I "get it" now!

"Allahputz must be royally ticked off right now" punch here

41 posted on 12/04/2010 8:12:20 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: onyx

Thanks for the ping, Onyx. I’ve added the Hot Air Presidential Candidate preference vote to my rapidly expanding document of Sarah’s numbers.

Short of an actual primary vote, we can look to other measurements being compiled of her popularity and chances of success in the 2012 election. I’m snagging every one that I find here, and making one big HTML doc out of it.

I’ll put it up as a stand-alone post soon.


42 posted on 12/04/2010 8:24:40 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

Oh, that will be delightful.
Be sure to let me so know and I will ping her List.
Coming from you I anticipate it’ll be one to bookmark and savour.


43 posted on 12/04/2010 8:27:29 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: onyx
Be sure to let me so know and I will ping her List.

Roger that!

44 posted on 12/04/2010 8:31:41 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: 4rcane

“I don’t think Christie will join the Palin ticket. He doesn’t like her.”

Wonder why he invited Sarah and Todd to sit with him at the Jets game then?

- JP


45 posted on 12/04/2010 8:42:44 PM PST by Josh Painter ("May we always be happy, and may our enemies know it." - Sarah Palin)
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To: 4rcane

“I don’t think Christie will join the Palin ticket. He doesn’t like her.”

Wonder why he invited Sarah and Todd to sit with him at the Jets game then?

- JP


46 posted on 12/04/2010 8:42:51 PM PST by Josh Painter ("May we always be happy, and may our enemies know it." - Sarah Palin)
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To: Anamnesis

Favorite topic of the year is Christie? NO WAY - it’s been Palin non stop with article after article after article....


47 posted on 12/04/2010 8:51:48 PM PST by presently no screen name ("Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down.." Mark 7:13)
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To: Anamnesis

Palin / West sounds just fine to me.

Glad folks are thinking this way.


48 posted on 12/04/2010 8:55:45 PM PST by Candor7 (Obama . fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/brack_obama_ipthe_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: onyx

Indeed. Somehow, all those snarky posts/threads against Palin didn’t work at all. Lately, I’m no longer pond of visiting HA.

AP must be fuming mad then. But no problem. Ed Morrissey is always there to console him.

BWA HA HA HA!


49 posted on 12/04/2010 8:58:48 PM PST by convertedtoreason ( Nature tells us to take a LIBERTARIAN CONSERVATIVE stance)
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To: 4rcane

And I don’t think Palin will take him for VP.

Palin is very very much pond of these two guys: DeMint and Jindal.


50 posted on 12/04/2010 9:00:30 PM PST by convertedtoreason ( Nature tells us to take a LIBERTARIAN CONSERVATIVE stance)
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