Conservatives are probably familiar with the name of the Michelle Malkin-started blog Hot Air. It's a regular in the conservative blogosphere, and it's likely that the GOP presidential candidates are aware of it, too. We at least know Rick Perry is. Sort of.
During an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Wednesday, Perry was quick to tout the results of a new poll on the site that places him second. There's just one problem: he got the name wrong. Instead of calling it "Hot Air," he referred to it as "Hot Gas." He also mistakenly told Blizter the poll was Iowa-based.
For those of you completely unfamiliar with the world of conservative blogs, this would be the equivalent of a Democratic candidate blanking on the name of a site like Media Matters, or MoveOn.org. For those who don’t know anything about blogs…well, go ahead and vote for Perry, I guess. He was referring to a Hot Air reader poll, which, I’m guessing, he won’t do nearly as well in next time they do one.
Hot Gas Hot Air:
My memory’s hazy but, as I recall, “Hot Gas” was one of the three finalists when we sat down to name the site in early 2006. Michelle had the trump card so we ended up where we ended up, but I’ve always wondered what might have been if my personal preference had won out. Imagine it: “Gassy Air.” Five years later, Perry would have turned that into “Gassy Gas” in today’s interview, which would have been a clip for the ages. Ah well.
This is, without question, the greatest HA near-name-check of all time. And yes, for the record, Perry is indeed in second place in the new Hot Gas reader survey.
Here's how it went down on CNN: