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Fred's Gonna Run

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Politico claims to have the inside scoop. He'll be formally announcing his candidacy over the July 4 holiday.

The interesting thing about Fred (other than that I agree with him on most things) is that he seems to be the blogger's candidate. Consider some google stats:
John Edwards    7.2M
Fred Thompson 4.6M
Hillary Clinton   4.1M
John McCain      1.8M
Mitt Romney      1.5M
Rudy Giuliani     1.5M
Fred Thompson, who isn't even a candidate yet, is behind only John Edwards in Google footprint. And he's ahead of Hillary, who has been in the news for a while. His footprint is just barely less than the three Republican front runners combined!

John Edwards had a lot of support in the liberal side of the blogosphere. But he's had several years to build his footprint. Fred Thompson is more than halfway there, and he's not even a candidate.

What does this mean? The blogosphere moves the media. A huge percentage of the stories the mainstream media covers first appear in the blogs. Having a huge footprint means that the candidate can set the agenda.

It will be very interesting to check back towards the end of July and see how much Fred's Google footprint has increased. Perhaps then Michelle Malkin will have something to say.


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