The Phony Campaign

2015-01-11 Update

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I've tweaked my rule for inclusion in the Phony Campaign table: candidates need to display "Back" odds of 30 or less on Betfair's "2016 Presidential Election - Next President" betting table.

This week, we welcome Chris Christie to the Table, with a solid fifth-place showing:

Query String Hit Count Change Since
"Jeb Bush" phony 547,000 -112,000
"Hillary Clinton" phony 384,000 +13,000
"Mitt Romney" phony 305,000 +12,000
"Rand Paul" phony 158,000 -16,000
"Chris Christie" phony 123,000 -
"Elizabeth Warren" phony 93,600 +1,000
"Marco Rubio" phony 86,400 +2,500
"Scott Walker" phony 71,600 -11,400

  • To welcome Governor Christie, we'll quote from an open letter to the Governor, published in the Cherry Hill Courier-Post, penned by one Steve Hoffman of Blackwood, NJ. (Exit 3 on the NJ Turnpike.) Steve is irked by Christie's well-publicized embrace of the Dallas Cowboys, a team based about 1500 miles from New Jersey.

    The state of New Jersey is made up of Eagles, Giants and Jets fans. You jumped ship like all the other front-running Cowboys fans in this state. You have no loyalty to your home team. You may win over the state of Texas, but in this state, to us Eagles, Giants and Jets fans, you are a phony.

    And you want to be my president? I don’t think so.

    It's certainly a character flaw to not be a fan of a team in a neighboring state.

  • And it's not just the letter-writing rabble disrespecting Governor Christie over his fandom:

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  • Virginia ex-Governor Bob McDonnell will likely not be our next President, because getting sentenced to a couple years in prison tends to preclude traditional campaign activities.

    But CNN tracked down ex-lobbyist, ex-con, Jack Abramoff to provide advice to Bob about life in the slammer:

    The most important thing in prison is are you a genuine person. Prisoners can quickly pick out who's a phony, who's lying, who's a BS artist.

    I've never been in favor of granting prisoners the right to vote, but that's the best argument I've seen for it.

  • Left-wingers tend to be humorless wretches, and it would be a stretch to call Mr. Alden Graves, columnist for the Bennington (Vermont) Banner, actually funny. But, to his credit, Mr. Graves is clever in composing his screed about the 2016 candidates:

    The iron-willed Mrs. Clinton is just a bundle of dithery indecision about running for president next year. She has refrained from batting her eyelashes and smiling coyly when asked the question, but even Mary Pickford, who reigned as "America's Sweetheart" for a decade, knew when to retire the act. There is always the added danger of the country deciding that it would probably be better off with Elizabeth Warren anyway.


    And I have the perfect campaign slogan for Jeb Bush: "Now try the smart one!"

    At least Mr. Graves is funnier than Jon Stewart, but that's the soft bigotry of low expectations talking.