Obama leads in campaign Web site visits: The Swamp
 
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Posted September 6, 2007 1:24 PM
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by John McCormick

Sen. Barack Obama is leading all presidential candidates in campaign Web site visits, The Nielsen Company reported today.

Obama's web site had the most unique visitors in July, with 717,000, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. Fellow Democrats Sen. Hillary Clinton had 437,000 unique visits, followed by 348,000 for former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards.

Among Republicans, Fred Thompson's ImWithFred.com drew the most unique visitors in July, with 381,000, even though he did not formally endorse his candidacy until Wednesday. The former Tennessee senator and “Law and Order” star has relied heavily on the Internet to generate interest in his candidacy.

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani ranked No. 2 among Republicans online, with 124,000 unique visitors. Mitt Romney ranked a close third, with 116,000 unique visitors. Ron Paul and John McCain rounded out the Republican campaign Web sites with 113,000 and 104,000 unique visitors, respectively.

“Consensus has been that Republicans have been slower to take advantage of the Web in their presidential campaigns, but Fred Thompson may be taking a cue from his Democratic counterparts,” Carolyn Creekmore, senior director of the firm's media analytics, said in a statement.

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The Dems are more enthusiastic about their candidates and are raising far more money than the "stay the course" Repugs are for their robot candidates.

Good Job People!
http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/2007-04-16-prezmoney_N.htm


...and yet he remains behind in the polls. That tells me that the people who go to Mr Fluff's website find nothing there.


At last, there's ONE poll Obama leads in. And the Swamp found it.


When the enthusiastic get run over by the Clinton machine they will lose their utopianism. The thought their votes will be stolen in the general election will further dampen their outlook. Keep up the good work all you moonbats!


...and yet he remains behind in the polls. That tells me that the people who go to Mr Fluff's website find nothing there.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 6, 2007 1:40 PM

Leo Juanie,
You come on here spreading your anti-Obama BS everyday under various post names, why don't you tell us who we should vote for? you spineless coward.


The reason that Barack Obama's site is so heavily utilized is that it is a process site. Everyone is thinking and working together to do the best that they are able to support Barack's candidacy. He has intense and active support. It really is amazing to me that the media doesn't understand that this is REAL grassroots organizing at work. Everyday I go out with my Obama button on my purse and my stickers on my car. Everyone talks to me about Obama--there is huge support out there. I am 68 years old and I voted first for JFK and I know what a REAL campaign is all about. This is one!


I LOVE EARLY POLLS!! YEE HA!!

Sincerely,
President Howard Dean


Anonymous: Think about it- He leads in visits to the web page, numbers of donors, fundraising, crowds at events. Perhaps the national polls just don't mean a whole heck of a lot at this point.


So exciting! He is in the perfect position to win in the primary states! He is waking our country up! Even my republican Grandma loves him. He would be a true people's President! And the only one who could restore our popularity around the world. It's time to get involved now! Go Obama!


Does it not say that the citizens of the USA are visiting Obama's web site to explore and discover who this man is. And the more research, reading and thinking about who he is, the more all begin to realize this is the man who is best suited to be president of United States of America. It is the word United that many ordinary citizens are drawn to. Obama is sincere in his belief that this country belongs to the citizenry not big and powerful corporate America.


The fact is that no one knows how to measure the impact of web visits on campaigns yet, because there is insufficient history and research. However, if visits might translate to activism vs. polls which try to measure
individual votes, the activism can have a multiplying effect. Time will tell. What we do know is that polls can be enormously inaccurate, such as the exit polls in the 2004 election which had Kerry winning by over 65 percent of the vote. Apparently the voters may have lied to the poll takers. The web site visits are truly visits.


I blame it on ObamaGirl. Sweet, sweet ObamaGirl. She's just so... so...

HOT!HOT!HOT!HOT!


"Perhaps the national polls just don't mean a whole heck of a lot at this point."

Posted by: Sharon Barolet | September 6, 2007 3:35 PM


Perhaps.

Then again, perhaps they do. Perhaps Obama's support does not go beyond the gushing nonthinking fans.

And maybe America sees just another ambitious neophyte with nothing to offer. That would explain him being stuck-in-place in the polls.

Whenever anybody in The Swamp posits reasons why this guy is unfit, his supporters never refute them. Never.

Instead they retort with Obama's ability to rake in money -- as if that's any measure of statesmanship. Needless to say they carefully avoid mentioning his taking bundled lobbyist funds. And of course, Tony Resco is dismissed as a "mistake". Oops!

Or if they get really desperate they accuse us of racism.

Sorry. His ability to collect tons of money isn't a reason to hand this guy the most important job in the world.

And his race is irrelevant.

And the bumper sticker slogans about "hope" and "a new direction" are meaningless drivel.

So can you give us all a reason to vote for him, Sharon? If so, you'll be the first blogger in the Swamp to ever do so.


I can give you one Anonymous...if you don't mind Sharon....
He was the only one to say Iraq was a dumb war before it started....thats just one.


Perhaps.

Then again, perhaps they do. Perhaps Obama's support does not go beyond the gushing nonthinking fans.

And maybe America sees just another ambitious neophyte with nothing to offer. That would explain him being stuck-in-place in the polls.

Whenever anybody in The Swamp posits reasons why this guy is unfit, his supporters never refute them. Never.

Instead they retort with Obama's ability to rake in money -- as if that's any measure of statesmanship. Needless to say they carefully avoid mentioning his taking bundled lobbyist funds. And of course, Tony Resco is dismissed as a "mistake". Oops!

Or if they get really desperate they accuse us of racism.

Sorry. His ability to collect tons of money isn't a reason to hand this guy the most important job in the world.

And his race is irrelevant.

And the bumper sticker slogans about "hope" and "a new direction" are meaningless drivel.

So can you give us all a reason to vote for him, Sharon? If so, you'll be the first blogger in the Swamp to ever do so.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 6, 2007 4:55 PM

Give me one reason why you think whoever you're supporting is better qualified than Obama?


The Political Internet of today is not the same as in 2004.

It has grown exponentially and its users are more savvy.

The Obama campaign knows this. They are progressive.

Imagine this talent running the country?

Go Obama!


Well, "these early polls don't mean much so far out ahead of the primaries".

Hillary still has time to catch up in the "website hit race" though, if she would just forego all these nettlesome forums and unsanctioned debates and get her message out "retail" as Obama has decided to do...


Even if every hit equalled one vote, he's about 50 million short for the general election.
It's a meaningless stastic


Hey Anonymous,

I'll give you several reasons why Obama is just as qualified as any of the other candidates:
1. JUDGMENT. He correctly judged an invasion of Iraq would be folly. He knew exactly what would happen and said so back when it was very unpopular to do so. That means that he also has a lot of...
2. COURAGE. Courage to get in front of a group of people and tell them what they NEED to hear and not what the WANT to hear. He's done this in front of African Americans, auto industry execs, etc. That also shows...
3. LEADERSHIP. Leadership is a strength of conviction and the ability to get others to see that conviction, that goal, and help them to get there. He has a very clear vision of where America needs to go and how to get us there. Do some research, compare his policies and past voting history and compare them to the others on both sides of the aisle and I think you'll see that Barack Obama is far from fluff.

Now I know no matter what I just said will likely convince you to vote for Barack, but maybe you will bring something to the table that's substantive. Perhaps you will give your name. That's a start. Then tell us who you plan to vote for. We Obama supporters have already done our research on the other candidates and we'll show you how Obama is the better choice.


That and a couple of bucks will buy him some argarla.


Lots of reasons to vote for Obama. One, he stands for better education. Two, he stands against the corporate lobby that hurts all of us, that doesn't care if we're democrat or republican. Corporate America is laughing at all of us Democrats, and you Republicans too, because we have fallen for the divide and conquer mentality that distracts from the REAL "us" and "them" - which is not red and blue, but a few rich folks getting richer and ruining the environment and soaking up tax cuts, while the rest of us get by or get poorer. Barack has worked successfully in Illinois across party lines, and has done the same thing in Washington. He shows respect for Republicans, because they're not always wrong, and more than that, he respects regular people. Read his book; he is a unique political character in this country and his hope isn't just a slogan, he really gives me hope. Go Barack! We love you!


He was the only one to say Iraq was a dumb war before it started....thats just one.

Posted by: DUB CITY | September 6, 2007 5:35 PM

So did I. Does that mean you'd vote for me?


So can you give us all a reason to vote for him, Sharon? If so, you'll be the first blogger in the Swamp to ever do so.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 6, 2007 4:55 PM

Wingnut Leo Juanie,
You were never going to vote for Obama anyway you spineless coward.


Have you stopped to think about what is really going on in the media? If Obama out raised Hillary by over $5 million last quarter, and his average contribution was about $100 less than Hillary Clinton, what does that mean in statistical translation? Anybody who has any education will see that the polls are definitely skewed to the left. If his average contribution was about $100 less than Hillary's average, that means that he had about 40% more people contributing to his campaign. People are eager for change, and they are seeking representation.

If you have not noticed, more college graduates are supporting Obama than Hillary, based on accurate, random Polls. They can't hide that truth. To be completely honest with you, the polls that show that Hillary is in the lead are very misleading. Those polls are not based on random sampling. In a biased fashion, the statistical data is probably gathered from groups, districts, and other lobbyist, and the political lines that have been drawn using powerful informations systems to show the data gatherers what areas to approch for those are that areas to take polls if you want to mislead a crowd. The non random sampling shows who has historically leaned toward the Clintons in the past. When the true elections arrive before us, people will see the truth. They will see that Obama actually leads in the real polls by at least the 40% that is represented in his fundraising numbers.

Numbers don't lie, but the way that you gather your facts for polls can be deceptive and should be based on random sampling, not on controlled data gathering. Study up my friends, and look at the numbers, for they don't lie like the media who says that it is inevitable the Hillary will win. By pounding that into our heads they will trick you into believing the hype. The media thinks that people are like robots, that if they keep pounding in their heads that Hillary is in the lead, they will begin to believe the hype and jump on that bandwagon. People can't be swayed or bamboozled so easily this time.

Mark my words, Obama will be the next president of the U.S. It is represented in the numbers such as fund raising, hits to his campaign site, his crowds, and not the controlled polls.

I thought you were smarter than that!!!!!!!!!


Here's a heads up to you people on this idiot who posts as "anonymous" and trolls on here looking for Obama stories so that he can smear him.

He's been on here before and he's been run off of here more times than I can remember.

He used to post as "Juanito", "Leo T" and "Insert Clever Post Name Here".

I suggest just ignoring him or asking him who he supports everytime you see one of his Obama hit jobs, he can't answer the question of who he supports because his only mission here is to smear Barack Obama.

GOBAMA08!



He was the only one to say Iraq was a dumb war before it started....thats just one.

Posted by: DUB CITY | September 6, 2007 5:35 PM

So did I. Does that mean you'd vote for me?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 6, 2007 10:00 PM

I'd consider it, if you were running, and only if you gave your real name. "President Anonymous" doesn't really have the right ring to it I'm afraid.


Barack Obama is a great man who wants to help this country build a new direction in politics. We desperately need this change. We don't want to continue with a foreign policy that alienates our citizens to chase money. This is my greatest dream, and hope to elect this man who sees the decline we are facing as a nation, and wants to turn that around with the help of the citizens. I for one am tired of waking up in a country that takes advantage of everything and everyone. We need to be better than this. We need to be able to be proud to call ourselves Americans. I can only see this dream with Obama as president.


PCS,

Also missing in polling data is the fact that so many of us only have unlisted cell phones, including a lot of the younger vote supporting Obama.

Those people aren't getting that poll call.

!GOBAMA!


Mark Billingsley,

Apparently you missed my comment about the meaningless drivel that are bumper sticker slogans.

So to clarify let me now add to the list of vague and useless superlatives, "JUDGEMENT", "COURAGE" and "LEADERSHIP".

The reasons not to trust Obama have been listed in this blog time and again and nobody has ever refuted them, nor has anybody proffered any substantive counterbalancing positives. (His diploma doesn't count. His fundraising skill doesn't count. Slogans are cheap.)

You claim to have "done research", Mark. Prove it. Give me one SUBSTANTIVE reason to vote for Obama.

Still waiting...


PS to Katie S:

Obama has a long history of sucking up to corporate interests.


PCS,

According to Gallup, support for Clinton and Obama by college grads is equal.

From Gallup:
"Clinton's widest leads over Obama are with women, seniors, those living in low- and middle-income households, and the non-college educated. Obama performs best with high socioeconomic groups..."

Which to me sounds like broad based support for Clinton, and narrow for Obama.

Oh, and keep up the "we're smarter than you" tack. That sounds great when you talk about The Man of the People.


"Give me one reason why you think whoever you're supporting is better qualified than Obama?"

Posted by: Enoch | September 6, 2007 5:48 PM

I'm not supporting anybody. And your question is not an argument in favor of Obama (as I assume you intend it to be.)

To answer, most other Democrats in the race are better qualified (if less than ideal) candidates.

For example, Biden is a highly respected foriegn policy wonk (which I would think is called for in these times); Clinton has eight years of experience in the inner workings of a presidency (the fact that she was unelected does not lessen that experience); Richardson is a pragmatic chief executive with broad based appeal.

None of them particularly inspire me, but they all have better resumes than Obama.


None of them particularly inspire me, but they all have better resumes than Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 7, 2007 8:01 AM

GO AWAY TROLL!!!!!!


I am a retired teacher and am excited about Barack Obama because he is generating a wonderful concept: Thinking about thinking. He is generating thought which generates questions, research, debate, and consensus! I love it!


I recently volunteered at one of the NH offices for Obama's campaign. While I was there, some other volunteers showed up to do phone canvassing. Now, with volunteers, you're never sure what you're going to get. In this case, one of the ladies was a senior citizen who called people up and then attempted to convince people that Obama was the best choice by attacking the other candidates. After a few calls like this, once it was clear that this was the woman's angle, one of the other volunteers got up and asked her to stop. She explained that in this Obama campaign office, we don't attack others. We just answer questions about Obama and emphasize the positive. That's one reason I have such respect for his campaign. The volunteers running it don't want to get dragged down into muck.

Another reason is that Obama is willing to talk to anyone and work with anyone to get something done. He has the charisma to convince others and the intellectual courage to BE convinced by others. He has an impressive ability to communicate and to inspire people to action.

America needs such things from a leader right now, because any new President is going to have to win back all the hearts in the world who have been alienated by the previous administration. Let's leave exemplary senators like Biden, Clinton and Dodd in the Senate, where they can use their skills to help shape future policy... and let's put our best face on for the world.

Obama is our best face.


Hey, I have done polling. You get a list of people who have voted and caucused and you call them. You ask them the questions. You say thank you, you put the little numbers in the box and you hang up. Then you call the next person in line. Of a town of 5,000 you call about 1/4 of them. I just had a rally for OBama today in my town. 3/4 of the people signed supporter cards. HMMMMM yeah he is not popular at all.


Hillary does genious (devious) work, her accusation trying to align Obama with Reagan, knowing S.C. Is mostly black was smart, she knew that Obama was going to retort, about her accusation (omitting Reagan's name)So she lits into him saying "Oh I didn't mention Reagan's name!"So as he retorted, he would have lost some of his composure. It's a cat fight, like we had in first grade


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