Saturday, November 29, 2008

Palin: The new Paris Hilton

The Politico breathlessly announces queries for Palin rank high in search engines. I don't know why they seem so excited about it. When you yank an unknown out of the Yukon and propose making her the VP of the US, people are bound to be a little curious about who this person is, but so what? Paris Hilton still draws high search figures and everybody knows who she is already. Both share the same distinction of being famous for being famous.

Also, broad search numbers don't tell the whole story, so let's do a little comparison searching, shall we? If you just do a generic search by name only, Palin would appear to be the winner with 38,900,000 hits to Hilton's 27,500,000 but qualified searches are more revealing. In each example below, Palin's number comes first, followed by Paris.

naked: 2,310,000 - 1,430,000

sexy: 2,480,000 - 1,160,000

idiot: 2,630,000 - 1,740,000

stupid: 6,330,000 - 6,090,000

Accomplishments: 431,000 - 306,000

IQ: 760,000 - 1,060,000

smart: 6,240,000 - 7,880,000

Competent: 290,000 - 177,000

Incompetent: 499,000 - 142,000

honest: 3,630,000 - 2,370,000

lies: 5,970,000 - 3,240,000

policy positions: 727,000 - 961,000

issues: 69,100,000 - 130,000,000

Looking at these numbers one might extrapolate that searchers were more interested in Palin's body and Hilton's mind. Paris might be considered the smarter and the more honest of the two and people were more interested in Hilton's stand on the issues. Remembering Hilton's ad in response to John McCain's early slam at Obama's celebrity, one might also surmise he would have done better to invite the known celebrity of Paris to front his ticket than to have used all that capital in making Palin one. As I recall the base was ready to elect Paris after just that one ad and she was already well vetted.

So as the GOP ponders making Palin the new face of the GOP they might do well to remember that there was a time not so long ago that cable teevee was interrupting news broadcasts to announce Paris had arrived in the building. But celebrity is as fleeting as the last DWI arrest and the novelty of turkey pardons won't last forever. The only thing certain is that some will always seek for the naked and the famous. "Hillary Clinton naked" still turns up 1,750,000 hits, but the first hit asks -- would you look? If she was 25 years younger, I don't think that would be a question.

[Thanks to Crooks & Liars for the link.]

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Blogger ed waldo (Hart Williams) said...

Gee, Libby. I mean she's reprehensible, vapid, pampered and given absurd media attention.

Sure, she's only got a teaspoon full of brains, and without a lot of Old Trust Fund money, nobody would pay any attention to her, because nobody would be paid to pay attention -- but don't you think the comparison is a bit unfair?

After all, even Paris Hilton deserves SOME respect -- At least it's HER trust fund the money's coming from, and not from Bill Kristol's buddies'.

10:32:00 PM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

Doonesbury cuts to the chase.

4:53:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Good point Ed. My apologies to Paris.

LOL Nolo. That was priceless.

9:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you go to the C-SPAN video archives, the night that Palin spoke to the GOP convention has twice the views of the next most popular video.

11:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Bristol Palin Mono" still drags in google and yahoo! hits to my blog. As do a number of other keywords. "Scandal" "Affair" "Troopergate" and a few other words coupled with "Palin"... None of the stories are flattering AND they are all based on fact.

The fact that people are searching for these stories still says a lot about what they think about Palin and her scandal plagued family.

It is almost like reality political TV.

11:41:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Yeah, people are curious about her and many of the links, I daresay most of them are critical. I think it's kind of like driving past a car wreck on the highway. You don't really want to see it, but somehow you look anyway.

I confess I occassionally do a google news search myself just to see if she's still making news. I keep hoping her fifteen minutes are over. OTOH, she's makes snark so easy, even the humor challenged such as myself, can do it.

1:47:00 PM  

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