The penultimate update to our phony poll. (And when I say "penultimate", I mean: "I hope I'm using that word correctly.")
|Query String||Hit Count||Change Since
|"Barack Obama" phony||7,010,000||+140,000|
|"Mitt Romney" phony||2,680,000||-190,000|
|"Gary Johnson" phony||665,000||+6,000|
That's all well and good, but in honor of the Halloween season, how scary does the web find the candidates to be? Let's ask the Google:
|Query String||Hit Count|
|"Barack Obama" scary||122,000,000|
|"Mitt Romney" scary||86,400,000|
|"Gary Johnson" scary||860,000|
Yes, we've done
this before (2007). What a difference five years makes!
Unlike 2007, the "scary" hit counts are massively larger than
the "phony" hit counts. What's that mean? Back then, we referred
to the "Wizard of Oz" principle: people find these guys scary, but
they're actually just phony.
That was a light-hearted attempt to explain a much smaller difference. What now? Maybe months of negative ads predicting the dire results of the Other Guy winning has turned us into a nation of quivering sheep huddled in a dark corner?
The fear has (in fact) reached the highest levels. An
news story from last year reported on Michelle Obama's
confession to an audience of high school students.
"I mean this is scary," she said. "Shoot, being married to Barack Obama? He's got big plans. He's always pushing us beyond our comfort zones, and I'm dragged along going, `What's he doing now? No, not this.'"
Just think how the country feels, Michelle.
Both candidates are cowering before Mother Nature, according to
Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, Ace Reporter for
"Arutz Sheva", the Israel National News:
"Frankenstorm" Sandy has scared the wits out of Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama as it churns northward, leaving death in its trail while the projected fury of the storm could leave 60 million people without electricity.
Translation: the storm caused campaigns to alter their schedules. But give Tzvi some props for colorful writing.
It's not just Google
that claims Obama has a scary lead over Romney:
If presidential mask sales at Spirit Halloween stores across the country are any indication, Obama is in the lead with 63 percent versus Romney at 37 percent, said Lisa Barr, the company's senior director of marketing.
Remarkably similar to Obama's 59/41 advantage in scary Google hit counts!
Lisa goes on to say: "I would say people who are very passionate about politics typically buy a mask to support their candidates." This seems like Democratic wishful thinking to me.
Our theme today has uncovered yet another "that was then, this is now"
Barackrobatic flip. Back in 2010: "Obama accuses Republicans
of fear mongering":
"Essentially, what the other side has decided is that they are going to try to ride fear and anxiety all the way to the ballot box on November 2," he said, at the event organized by the Democratic National Committee.
Aaaand in 2012, … "Obama ad on Romney: 'It's a scary time to be a woman'"A new ad from President Obama and the Democratic National Committee raises fears about Mitt Romney's positions on reproductive rights.
"I've never felt this way before, but it's a scary time to be a woman," says 30-something "Jenni." "Mitt Romney is just so out of touch."
Fearmongering: it's reprehensible except when we do it.
But of course, people aren't impressed by this transparent say-anything campaign are they? Even your typical Hollywood airheads wouldn't be caught dead echoing this hypocritical crap, would they?
Find out the
unexpected answer in the Politico article headlined: "Ellen
DeGeneres: Mitt Romney is scary"
And what if Mitt Romney wins instead? "If you're a woman, you should be very, very scared of that, for many reasons," she said. "And obviously as a gay person he doesn't believe in me having the same rights, so of course I'm not happy about that."
Note: Despite her phrasing, I'm pretty sure Ellen did not mean to say, or even imply, that Mitt Romney is a gay person. I think Ellen is saying she's gay. (And I'm not sure, but I think I've heard that myself at some point in the past.)