The race has tightened at the top. Just when I thought Hillary was a complete runaway, her phoniness has collapsed to the point where the other huge phonies, Ron Paul and John Edwards, have a shot at taking the lead.
|Query String||Hit Count||Change Since|
|"Hillary Clinton" phony||592,000||-96,000|
|"Ron Paul" phony||588,000||+5,000|
|"John Edwards" phony||576,000||+38,000|
|"Mitt Romney" phony||392,000||-8,000|
|"John McCain" phony||379,000||-26,000|
|"Fred Thompson" phony||373,000||-30,000|
|"Barack Obama" phony||371,000||-57,000|
|"Rudy Giuliani" phony||333,000||-18,000|
|"Mike Huckabee" phony||167,000||---|
|"Dennis Kucinich" phony||158,000||0|
Close followers of the phony campaign will note that we've dropped Dave
Burge from the standings, as this was technically a "joke", and
we've started to take this
whole thing way too seriously. (Dave has since decamped for Mexico, where I'm pretty sure they don't even have a
primary, so his dedication to his campaign is in question.)
We're leaving Kucinich in, though. Probably more than enough laughs there.
And we've added Mike Huckabee to the mix, since (as Dean
Barnett points out) he actually outpolled Mitt Romney recently.
According to this John Fund
article, Mike may have a lot of upside potential, phoniness-wise.
Betsy Hagan, Arkansas director of the conservative Eagle Forum and a key backer of [Huckabee's] early runs for office, was once "his No. 1 fan." She was bitterly disappointed with his record. "He was pro-life and pro-gun, but otherwise a liberal," she says. "Just like Bill Clinton he will charm you, but don't be surprised if he takes a completely different turn in office."
I looked at Intrade's
prediction markets for the nominations to see if there was
anyone else I should include in the standings. Surprisingly,
Al Gore ranks higher over there (among Dems) than anyone except Clinton
and Obama; he even leads Edwards. What would happen if we
put him in?
Query String Hit Count "Al Gore" phony 827,000
That's right: he'd be by far the front runner. I'm not surprised, are you?