Here is one indicator of a “snap” reaction to last night’s first debate between Democratic contenders for the presidency: the percent share of sales of our Democratic presidential bumper stickers, buttons, shirts and posters garnered by each of the contenders after the closing of the debate and through the overnight hours. The distribution looks like this:
Barack Obama was ahead of the rest of the pack. Bill Richardson came in a surprising second, and Hillary Clinton and John Edwards were essentially tied for third place.
Where’s Joseph Biden in this graph? Where is Christopher Dodd? They are nowhere. Neither Biden nor Dodd garnered any sales from their debate performances. Biden and Dodd were outshone by Al Gore, who ended up ahead of Biden, Dodd, Mike Gravel and Dennis Kucinich despite not actually being in the presidential debate.
Look for more direct consideration of the first presidential debate later today.