It’s not a cliff. We’re not all going to die. I realize the election is over and we’ve moved on to the next CRISIS THAT WILL DOOM EVERYTHING! But seriously, can’t we have just one or two days without such nonsense? Please?
One way to possibly figure out who will be a vice presidential pick is to watch the various contenders’ Wikipedia pages in the days before such an announcement is likely.
In 2008, as The Washington Post wrote at the time, “just hours before [Sen. John] McCain declared his veep choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, her Wiki page saw a flurry of activity, with editors adding details about her approval rating and husband’s employment. … Palin’s entry was updated at least 68 times, with at least an additional 54 changes made to her entry over the preceding five days.”
Meanwhile, the Post said, “on Aug. 22, the day before the Obama campaign officially named [then-Sen. Joe] Biden as the veep pick, Biden’s Wiki page garnered roughly 40 changes. Over the five days prior, users would make at least 111 other changes to his entry.”
The obvious — in hindsight — implications of the Wiki activity: Aides were going into the entries to tune them up and clean out any material that was either embarrassing or erroneous.
So what’s going on now with some of those said to be among the leading possibilities to be joining Mitt Romney on the Republican ticket?
- Ohio Sen. Rob Portman’s Wiki page has been revised 16 times so far today, by someone called “River8009.”
- Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s Wiki page has been revised nine times so far today and 11 times from Aug. 2-6.
- Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s Wiki page has been tweaked four times today.
- Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan’s Wiki page has been edited once today, and 11 times from Aug. 2-6.
- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Wiki page hasn’t been edited today, but was revised eight times from Aug. 3-4.
- New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s Wiki page has not been touched today. It was last revised on July 28.
- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s Wiki page hasn’t been revised since July 24.
What do we think, Tumblr world?
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks on the release of the International Religious Freedom Report at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., on July 30, 2012. [State Department/ Public Domain]
The economic pressures have also turned into intellectual pressures. When humans feel panicked, we tend to become more conservative and risk-averse — we go with the sure thing, rather than the gamble. The problem is that creativity is all about exploratory risk. The goal is to find new things — to go beyond state-of-the-art and to discover or create things that the world has never seen. It’s a contradiction to simultaneously forge into the unknown and to insist on a sure bet.
Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly scale French Alps
Reuters: Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords traveled to the French Alps on Monday with her astronaut husband Mark Kelly.
Giffords, still recovering from wounds after being shot last year, was on her first trip outside the United States since the January 2011 shooting.
Photo: Giffords, center, stands with her husband Mark Kelly, right, and mountain guide Vincent Lameyre (Denis Balibouse / Reuters)
Nah, it is not about disenfranchising minority voters at all.