Big change at the top today. Today's standings and 3-day trend:
|Query String||Hit Count||Change|
|"Hillary Clinton" phony||391,000||+14,000|
|"John Edwards" phony||349,000||-85,000|
|"John McCain" phony||302,000||+5,000|
|"Barack Obama" phony||280,000||+11,000|
|"Ron Paul" phony||266,000||-1,000|
|"Mitt Romney" phony||240,000||+16,000|
|"Fred Thompson" phony||209,000||+10,000|
|"Rudy Giuliani" phony||186,000||+3,000|
|"Dennis Kucinich" phony||129,000||+7,000|
|"Dave Burge" phony||56||+1|
The big news here is, obviously, the sudden disappearance of 85,000 hits for John Edwards, causing his seemingly-safe lead to vanish like a snowflake in July. What's the opposite of ballot-box stuffing? Ballot-box sucking? Whatever it is, I accuse Google of it.
As I fearlessly predicted, Obama's shown a big gain. Given his recent fact-challenged pronouncements, I'm guessing we'll soon see him in third place.
Romney has the biggest gain, though. Probably needs to muss his hair a bit.