The Phony Campaign

2007-10-27 Update

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 StringHit CountChange Since
"Hillary Clinton" phony592,000-96,000
"Ron Paul" phony588,000+5,000
"John Edwards" phony576,000+38,000
"Mitt Romney" phony392,000-8,000
"John McCain" phony379,000-26,000
"Fred Thompson" phony373,000-30,000
"Barack Obama" phony371,000-57,000
"Rudy Giuliani" phony333,000-18,000
"Mike Huckabee" phony167,000---
"Dennis Kucinich" phony158,0000

  • 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 StringHit Count
    "Al Gore" phony827,000

    That's right: he'd be by far the front runner. I'm not surprised, are you?

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