When In Doubt, Ask the Internet …

Josh Wright —  6 November 2007

Geoff doesn’t vote. Neither do many of my economist friends. In fact, they laugh at me for voting. But I do. The joke will be on them if I’m the tiebreaker, wont it? Anyway, in the search for some shortcuts this presidential election season, I decided to try the Selectsmart 2008 President Selector Quiz (HT: Prof Bainbridge). The Selector tells me that I should be deciding between McCain, Thompson, a guy who isn’t running, and a comedian who also isn’t running. The complete results are below the fold for your entertainment.

1. Theoretical Candidate (100%)
2. John McCain (83%)
3. Fred Thompson (81%)
4. Chuck Hagel (not running) (79%)
5. Stephen Colbert (76%)
6. Duncan Hunter (74%)
7. Mitt Romney (74%)
8. Alan Keyes (73%)
9. Newt Gingrich (73%)
10. Rudolph Giuliani (72%)
11. Sam Brownback (71%)
12. Tom Tancredo (70%)
13. Kent McManigal (campaign suspended) (63%)
14. Jim Gilmore (58%)
15. Ron Paul (55%)
16. Tommy Thompson (withdrawn, endorsed Giuliani) (50%)
17. Mike Huckabee (46%)
18. Al Gore(not announced) (41%)
19. Michael Bloomberg (says he will not run) (39%)
20. Joseph Biden (36%)
21. Christopher Dodd (36%)
22. Hillary Clinton (35%)
23. John Edwards (33%)
24. Bill Richardson (29%)
25. Wesley Clark (not running, endorsed Clinton) (28%)
26. Barack Obama (27%)
27. Mike Gravel (19%)
28. Dennis Kucinich (16%)
29. Alan Augustson (campaign suspended) (14%)
30. Elaine Brown (3%)

5 responses to When In Doubt, Ask the Internet …

  1. 

    You non-voters out there better be careful. Look what happened to me in 2004:

    http://web.missouri.edu/~kleinp/misc/novote.html

  2. 

    Josh, the point was to club you into abstaining from voting, not into abstaining from blog humor.

    Instead of wasting an hour on voting, we all should take up small consulting gigs and donate the value of that hour to a worthy cause. Let’s call it “the don’t-vote scholarship.”

    When I grow up and become rich and famous, I will fund a series of college scholarships restricted to people who promise not to participate in any campus organization of any sort.

  3. 

    Kate: I promise I’m aware of how futile my prospects for breaking a tie in an election are. It will not be my last failed attempt at blog humor. I’m trying to come up with something witty to say about alien abductions but its late and I’m drawing a blank…

    Geoff: Kucinich and Gravel both making the top half of the your “real” candidates makes me very suspicious of this algorithm …

  4. 

    The chance that you will be a tie-breaker in a national election is immeasurably lower than the chance of being struck by lightening while traveling to the voting place. In fact, the chance of being a tie-breaker is about as good as the chance of being abducted by aliens while you are punching a hole in your ballot.

  5. 

    Apparently I favor 3 non-candidates before getting to my real favorite, Ron Paul. Which is about right: I would easily take None of the Above over any of the candidates running. I’m just not sure that I agree with the rest of the list. Mike Gravel and Dennis Kucinich beat out . . . anyone? That can’t be right.

    1. Theoretical Ideal Candidate (100 %)
    2. Kent McManigal (campaign suspended) (77 %)
    3. Chuck Hagel (not running) (68 %)
    4. Ron Paul (62 %)
    5. Newt Gingrich (says he will not run) (58 %)
    6. Christopher Dodd (55 %)
    7. Sam Brownback (withdrawn) (55 %)
    8. Stephen Colbert (campaign ended) (54 %)
    9. John McCain (51 %)
    10. Alan Keyes (51 %)
    11. Rudolph Giuliani (51 %)
    12. Mitt Romney (51 %)
    13. Mike Gravel (50 %)
    14. Bill Richardson (48 %)
    15. Michael Bloomberg (says he will not run) (48 %)
    16. Dennis Kucinich (47 %)
    17. Fred Thompson (47 %)
    18. Barack Obama (47 %)
    19. Alan Augustson (campaign suspended) (44 %)
    20. Hillary Clinton (43 %)
    21. Al Gore (not announced) (43 %)
    22. Joseph Biden (43 %)
    23. Tom Tancredo (43 %)
    24. Duncan Hunter (42 %)
    25. Wesley Clark (not running, endorsed Clinton) (40 %)
    26. John Edwards (37 %)
    27. Mike Huckabee (37 %)
    28. Jim Gilmore (withdrawn) (36 %)
    29. Tommy Thompson (withdrawn, endorsed Giuliani) (36 %)
    30. Elaine Brown (22 %)