No changes this week in our phony lineup, according to our arbitrary PredictWise criterion. Jeb! increases his solid phony lead on the pack:
|Query String||Hit Count||Change Since
|"Jeb Bush" phony||2,340,000||+620,000|
|"Hillary Clinton" phony||490,000||+79,000|
|"Donald Trump" phony||343,000||+7,000|
|"John Kasich" phony||185,000||-12,000|
|"Joe Biden" phony||168,000||+8,000|
|"Bernie Sanders" phony||122,000||-9,000|
|"Scott Walker" phony||115,000||-9,000|
|"Marco Rubio" phony||104,000||-1,000|
In the phony news this week:
Michael Kinsley (of all people) writes in Vanity Fair (of all
[…] the biggest problem with American politics is phony umbrage: invented issues that substitute for serious debate. They allow candidates to climb onto their high horses and go nowhere important. They allow voters to avoid thinking about the choices this country needs to make. Yet they often dominate the political debate.
Kinsley is well-known for occasional non-ideological insights, and this is one of those times. His general topic is "what may be the the worst editorial that has ever graced" the pages of the New York Times. That's a high bar to clear.
Been wondering why the media ignores Bernie Sanders? Find out
the awful truth in
The Media Ignores Bernie Sanders". Samuel Warde connects the dots.
See if you can follow what Warde bills as "proof": (1) Warde lives in Colorado; (2) one of his news sources is Denver's channel 9; (3) which is owned by TEGNA Media; (4) in which Carl C. Icahn has a 7% ownership stake; (5) Icahn has been named-dropped by Donald Trump as his (hypothetical) Secretary of the Treasury or (again, hypothetical) chief trade negotiator in the (even more hypothetical) Trump Administration!
Q.E.D. All that's missing is a strident wake up, sheeple!
The coveted Deez
Nuts endorsement goes to…
Deez Nuts, the 15-year-old Iowa boy whose fake third-party presidential campaign has gone viral, has endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich for the GOP nomination.
Deez (I call him Deez) endorses Bernie Sanders on the Democrat side. But he's still endorsing himself for the general election in November 2016. (In the event of a Trump/Clinton matchup, I'll probably do the same.)
You've probably already seen
When voters were asked [in a Quinnipiac University poll] to say the first word that came to mind when they thought of Hillary Clinton, the most popular responses were “liar,” “dishonest,” and “untrustworthy.”
Complete list is at the link. "Phony", our personal favorite, appears pretty far down (a mere 8 responses), but that's OK. Surprisingly: it was edged out by "murder" (9 responses); apparently some people are still sore about Vince Foster.
At some point, you have to ask: is Jeb Bush even an actual person?
(Apologies for the dreadful narrator and his meandering presentation.)