Big changes as Obama springs into the lead in phony hits, as well as everywhere else:
|Query String||Hit Count||Change Since|
|"Barack Obama" phony||530,000||+366,000|
|"Mike Huckabee" phony||248,000||+139,000|
|"Hillary Clinton" phony||228,000||+21,000|
|"John McCain" phony||179,000||+20,000|
In phony-related campaign news:
- We all know that candidate websites are kind of phony, but
William Jackson of
Government Computer News discovers that
misspelling a URL can send web surfers into an entirely new realm
of phoniness, as he reports on a recent talk given by Oliver Friedrichs,
director of emerging technology at Symantec Security Response:
Hundreds of Internet domains have been registered based on variations of legitimate campaign Web site domain names, creating the possibility of confusion, misinformation, illicit profit or hacking. They also could be used to intercept misdirected e-mail, Friedrichs said. "This is really scary."Scary, Oliver? I'll give you scary: President Hillary Clinton! Boo!
Why is Senator Obama riding so high all of a sudden? It could be just
a glitch. Or more people might be feeling the same way as young
At no less than six of Obama's recent rallies, fans have reportedly fainted. Those incidents were caught on video or audio. In each, Obama -- who never even thinks to put down the microphone or ask a campaign aide to take care of the matter -- narrates to the crowd as medical volunteers show up to minister to the stricken. In two of the videos, he picks up a bottle of water and offers it to the poor, overcome admirers.A strong charge from Mr. Shapiro! Maybe the New York Times will put its crack investigatory team on it! Based on the Times' current practice, this should happen in 2016 or so.
I don't mean to suggest that all this is staged. I'm saying it straight out: It's staged. Obama is supposedly Mr. Authentic -- the man who naturally radiates charisma and magnetic charm. His pheromones are so powerful they strike unwitting audience members into a stupor. He's the Beatles. He's Elvis. More than anything, he's the new JFK, a young, vibrant leader who will lead America into a bright new future.
Of course, there's the
from Hillary in last evening's debate to try to
find some kind of Obama-bashing strategy that won't seem stupid or mean:
She looked to score with a canned putdown of Obama when a question arose over whether Obama had too liberally borrowed others' words for his arena-packing speeches.Unfortunately for Senator Clinton, the Texas crowed booed this.
"Lifting whole passages from someone else's speeches is not change you can believe in - it's change you can Xerox," zinged Clinton.
Also unfortunately for Senator Clinton, Daniel Drezner was listening
to the debate, and he has a really good memory:
Hillary Clinton, later on in the same debate: "You know, the hits I've taken in life are nothing compared to what goes on every single day in the lives of people across our country."This turns out to have probably been further, um, borrowed, from Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign. Does that make it more phony, or less?
Jack Stanton speech, in Primary Colors (New York: Random House, 1996), p. 162: "Y'know, I've taken some hits in this campaign. It hasn't been easy for me, or my family. It hasn't been fair, but it hasn't been anything compared to the hits a lot of you take every day."