2008 Stats in the 24 Hour Wake of the YouTube Debate
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 Democratic contenders during the 24 hours following the closing of the third debate. The distribution looks like this:
There are three tiers of performance here. In that first tier are Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. In the second tier are Dennis Kucinich, Bill Richardson and Al Gore. Gore did very well for someone who isn’t even a candidate, but this is not as impressive as Gore’s first-place performance in the 24 hours following the last debate. Mike Gravel, John Edwards, Joseph Biden, and Christopher Dodd defined the bottom.
Although Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel are saying many (although not all) of the same things, it’s interesting to see a separation between the two candidates emerge — one that’s been showing up in the recent weekly stats, too. My own reaction watching the two is that Kucinich seems to do a better job of expressing the ideas and motivations behind his policy priorities, while Mike Gravel expresses his frustration more than his reasoning. Watching someone say “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more!” once or twice is riveting; watching him do it six times makes me wonder what else there is.