This month's Chatter Rankings come early, since I'm leaving the land of the internet shortly, and wanted to get one more edition in. Consequently, there's a high degree of intertemporal collinearity, since Google News lists articles from the past five weeks. Thus, we see much less change than in any previous ranking. There are, however, some big movers:
- Jeb Bush is suddenly being given consideration by the media. He won the "Best Governor" honor from his peers, and was lauded by his brother as someone who would make a good president. He has, however, said he won't run in 2008. 2012, then?
- Al Gore has emerged as the darling of the left, something he never enjoyed during his first run. He's now as sexy as Cannes can make a politician
- The Democrats are undergoing a groundswell of anti-Hillary feeling. Not only is the left half of the party unhappy with her, but more and more party Democrats think she can't win. One article highlights Florida poll data that suggests she has no advantage over Gore (the 2000 edition) or Kerry (2004).
The monthly prediction...
Jun '06: Clinton & Warner over Allen & Romney
May '06: Clinton & Warner over Allen & Romney
Apr '06: Clinton & Warner over Allen & Romney
Mar '06: Clinton & Warner over Allen & Rice
Feb '06: Clinton & Warner over Allen & Rice
Check out graphs of the Chatter Rankings from May 2005 through April 2006
|R.1||Sen. John McCain||2,230||0|
|R.2||Sen. Bill Frist||1,600||0|
|R.3||Gov. Jeb Bush||919||+2|
|R.4||Sen. George Allen||468||+2|
|R.6||Secy. Condoleezza Rice||425||-2|
|R.7||Gov. George Pataki||350||+1|
|R.8||Gov. Mitt Romney||344||-1|
|R.9||Gov. Mike Huckabee||318||0|
|R.10||Sen. Sam Brownback||225||0|
|R.12||Sen. Chuck Hagel||126||+1|
|R.13||Rep. Tom Tancredo||72||-1|
|D.1||Sen. Hillary Clinton||2,260||0|
|D.2||Sen. John Kerry||1,120||0|
|D.4||Sen. Harry Reid||843||-1|
|D.5||Sen. John Edwards||698||-1|
|D.6||Sen. Joseph Biden||642||-1|
|D.7||Sen. Russ Feingold||532||+1|
|D.9||Gov. Mark Warner||455||0|
|D.10||Sen. Barack Obama||223||+1|
|D.11||Sen. Evan Bayh||187||-1|
|D.12||Gov. Bill Richardson||149||+1|
|D.13||Gov. Tom Vilsack||107||+1|
Notes: The Chatter Rankings are created by searching each candidate's name plus "2008" in the Google News database. This month's tested-but-not-qualifying list is Rep. John Murtha, Gov. Brian Schweitzer, and Haley Barbour. Some of the men on the list almost surely won't run for president (Reid, Dean) and are there just in case, or as an indication of VP popularity.
See the Chatter Rankings from May, April, March, February, December, August, July, June, and May.