Congress is mercifully adjourned from Washington, President Obama is headed to Hawaii for the annual shave ice photo-op, and this Ricochet contributor is about to start treating friends and family to the annual Senik holiday wet bar special (hot apple cider and Tuaca). That means it's about time for the media to go into week-long retrospective mode and it's only fitting that we lead the parade. Thus, I open the floor for you to submit your favorite Ricochet moments of 2011. A few of mine:
- Peter Robinson's magnificent remembrance of Steve Jobs
- Rob Long's podcast rant about how there would be no justice in the world until the most nefarious individuals on Wall Street were forced to sell apples on the side of the road
- Anytime we were treated to a "Klavan on the Culture" video
- Professor Paul Rahe becoming a one-man committee to draft Paul Ryan
- Ricochet member Katievs making perhaps the most thoughtful case for Chris Christie to appear in print
- James Lileks opening a R> podcast with a dramatic reading of the bombastic Newt Gingrich press release
- Dave Carter's simultaneously heartbreaking and affirming post about his father's Alzheimer's diagnosis
- Richard Epstein driving a stake through the heart of liberalism ... on PBS, no less
- Mickey Kaus putting in a plug for the site on a "Left Coast/Right Coast" episode by saying "This thing could actually work!"
- The launch of the college feed, direct messaging, and the mobile version of the site
- Haley Barbour, when asked if the 2012 Obama campaign would be negative, bellowing "Well, he can't run on his record!"
- James Delingpole making pessimism more fun than anyone since Mark Steyn
- Ricochet member Psuedodionysius becoming convinced that the "Law Talk" hotline was an elaborate sting operation
- Every single live chat surrounding a presidential debate
- Ricochet member Palaeologus getting off the line of the year re: Jon Huntsman -- "I'm still looking forward to the moment when he knows all is lost. Because maybe some other candidate will make a populist pitch, and he'll respond: I dropped out of high school to join a rock band. And, yes, it was awesome. If you dig a party, any party, vote for Jon Huntsman."
- John Yoo and Richard Epstein devoting 20 minutes of "Law Talk" to discussing whether there should be instant replay in baseball
- The sense of anticipation we all felt waiting for Peter to step on one of Lileks' segues in the main podcast.
As I write the list, I realize there are too many more to chronicle without this post becoming encyclopedic. Care to help me out?