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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:

24 Hour Reaction to YouTube Debate of July 23, 2007, measured in bumper sticker, button and shirt sales for the presidential candidates

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.

5 thoughts on “2008 Stats in the 24 Hour Wake of the YouTube Debate”

  1. heatkernel says:

    Well, if you wonder what else there is to Mike Gravel, why don’t you go to his campaign website ( find out? I think you’ll easily find a number of considerable differences from Kucinich.

  2. Jim says:

    I have, and I know there are some differences. That’s why I said “many (although not all) of the same things.”

    But you make a reasonable point. It is also possible that the differences between Kucinich and Gravel — the National Initiative and replacing the income tax with a sales tax — do not work out in Gravel’s favor with a lot of people. I personally don’t consider them to be points that attract me to Gravel’s candidacy.

  3. Tom says:

    We should call them “tears” of performance since all these empty promises will be forgotten once someone gets “elected”, and we’ll all be moaning and wailing about why we can’t get things to change in this country. Boo hoo, nobody wants to change for the better. If it’s not on the corporate agenda, don’t get your hopes up.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I wonder why there is so much support for Obama when his views on the separation of church and state are, at best, ambiguous. I do not trust a man who can’t keep them separate, and does not include ‘freedom from religion’ in the phrase ‘freedom of religion’, according to the Pew Forum.

    Please enlighten me, and provide sources, on what his policies are concerning the separation of church and state.

  5. Nijma says:

    I don’t know about that, but here’s something about his church with lots of links:

    There is a fine line between social movements and African-American churches, at least in Chicago, and sometimes I wonder if Obama’s church is religious at all.

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