It was such a kooky election year locally—a  mom doing independent expenditures for her candidate daughter, the Seattle Times doing independent expenditures for their favorite gubernatorial candidate, Republicans endorsing Democrats and vice versa—that we felt compelled to create a new column late in the year called "Isn't It Weird That..." just to keep up with the bizarre new normal. And the brazenly hypocritical.

It's also a good conceit for looking back at this weird year in politics. So here's our look at 2012 with our holiday installment of "Wasn't It Weird That..."

Here's our look back at 2012 with our holiday installment of "Wasn't It Weird That..."

1. Wasn't it weird that the frantic Democratic punidtry was convinced Jay Inslee was going to lose?

2. Wasn't it weird that Mayor Mike McGinn went all-in for the arena proposal—which ultimately (after several failsafes) could leave Seattle on the hook for cost overruns—after vehemently opposing the downtown tunnel because Seattle could be on the hook for cost overruns?

3. Wasn't it weird that Rob McKenna's campaign, trying to improve its sour relations with the press, started a weekly media call with reporters, but then prompltly cancelled them because they didn't like the reporters' questions?

4. Wasn't it weird that in this supposedly Democratic year, two Republicans in the state legislature, Rep. Mike Armstrong (R-12) and Sen. Dan Swecker (R-20) were defeated by Tea Party candidates ... and no one noticed? 

5. Wasn't it weird that the McKenna campaign told the Yakima Herald that the "Seattle media" was to blame for misrepresenting McKenna's position on Obamacare, but then told Seattle reporters that the Yakima media was to blame?

6. Wasn't it weird that after all the controversy surrounding McGinn's initial proposal to fund the seawall, which resulted in a nearly three-year delay, the 2012 seawall measure passed with 77 percent of the vote?

It gets weirder: The local plan was being pushed by the Democratic state budget chair, Rep. Ross Hunter, and it was embraced by Inslee's Republican rival McKenna.

7. Wasn't it weird that Democratic voters supported Obama's progressive tax plan to make the wealthier pay more in taxes, but simultaneously supported Jay Inslee's plan to reject a local tax plan (the levy swap) to do the same thing?

It gets weirder: The local plan was being pushed by the Democratic state budget chair, Rep. Ross Hunter, and it was embraced by Inslee's Republican rival McKenna.

8. Wasn't it weird that despite the fact the SPD has been put under the watch of the DOJ, Chief John Diaz and all the top commanders remained in place?

9. Wasn't it weird that it took until 2012 for Washington state to approve gay marriage?

10.  Wasn't it weird that a top McGinn adviser felt compelled to boast—like bragging about getting suspened from school rather than expelled—that McGinn had hammered out a consent decree with the DOJ to oversee the Seattle Police Department faster than any other wayward city had?

11. Wasn't it weird that Democratic candidates Obama, Maria Cantwell, Suzan DelBene, Jay Inslee, Bob Ferguson (not to mention gay marriage and pot) won at the ballot, but blue Washington ended up with a state senate that's controlled by the Republicans?

12. Wasn't it weird that the senate Republicans staged a budget coup in April, but then ended up passing Democratic Ways & Means Chair Sen. Ed Murray's budget, which, unlike the GOP proposal, funded education, the Basic Health Plan, and family planning? 

13. Wasn't it weird that Gov. Chris Gregoire was so skittish about Washington state's medical marijuana laws, saying she thought the feds would crack down, but after Washington voters went further and passed a full blown marijuana legalization law, Obama shrugged?

14. Wasn't it weird that we were working at Crosscut for a minute there? (Hey, guys, we miss you, but admit it—while it was fun, it was weird!)