Ben Carson For President Flops After Infomercial
Last weekend, right wing Creationist Dr. Ben Carson tried to jump start a campaign for the Republican Party presidential nomination with an hour-long infomercial. Carson paid for the production and airing of a “documentary” that talks about what a great guy he is, suggesting that Americans are clamoring for a Ben Carson for President campaign.
If Americans were really prepared to support a Ben Carson presidential campaign for the 2016 election, though, the Carson for President infomercial would have touched off a grassroots response, a wave of word of mouth that would have made Ben Carson’s candidacy one of the top news stories of the week.
That’s exactly the opposite of what actually happened.
The chart here shows the attention provoked by the Ben Carson for President appointment, as reflected in the Google Trends search engine. The blue line represents news stories about Ben Carson. The red line represents news stories about “vegetarian” people or food.
As you can see, only on one day was Ben Carson able to garner more attention than vegetarian news – quite a small niche. Interest in Ben Carson was a flash in the plan, a blip that failed to garner any sustained attention.
Will Ben Carson be elected President in 2016? I think we’re more likely to see tofu burgers for sale at McDonald’s.