eliminating Republican candidates, part 1

This is part 1 of the epic series where I knock down each Republican candidate with something they say/said that is wrong or stupid. I’m going to start with the easy ones and work my way up. I’ll admit now that there’s at least one that I probably can’t completely eliminate (no hints! big surprise!).

I’d like to start right off the bat by sweeping the following three candidates:

Tom Tancredo
Mike Huckabee
Sam Brownback

Based on the fact that they “don’t believe in evolution.” I hope for their sakes that they’re lying. I guess they’re either lying or just really dumb.

7 to go!

Tom Tancredo
Mike Huckabee
Sam Brownback
John McCain
Rudy Giuliani
Tommy Thompson
Ron Paul
Jim Gilmore
Duncan Hunter
Mitt Romney

Ron Paul is winning! tee-hee

As of 9:59 a.m. ET today, Congressman Ron Paul has the most YouTube subscribers of all presidential candidates — Republican and Democrat.

Paul – 5,679
Obama – 5,678
Clinton – 2,998
Edwards – 2,750
Romney – 1,977
Kucinich – 1,685
Giuliani – 1,370
McCain – 1,233
Gravel – 824
Richardson – 756
Biden – 582
Hunter – 381
Dodd – 221
Huckabee – 187
Tancredo – 166
Brownback – 86
Gilmore – 40.

Now if only we could replace our electoral system with YouTube-subscription voting, we might get a decent president!

Ron Paul 2008 Youtube Channel

Seriously though, all this grassroots internet support for Ron Paul reminds me of Howard Dean in 2004. Is it all going to flame out when the media decides it doesn’t like him and tears him down? Maybe it’ll be different though–Ron Paul is mostly being ignored by the mainstream media, whereas Dean was definitely not. It’s almost as if they’re afraid of his message..

Google feedback?

Google likes to talk about how they’re user-oriented, and this back-and-forth is how they make their software projects happen:

User feedback is always an important part of our product development process […]

(from http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2007/02/real-world-testing.html)

But what I want to know is, for general feedback, how do you give it to them? They certainly don’t make it easy to give feedback on their more established services. For example, here are two bits of feedback I would give:

  • In google groups, you can only create 5 groups, and then you get the following message:

    You may not create any more groups at this time. Please try again later.

    When should I try again? I have no idea. I did a google search and found a few other people who were saying they had waited 72+ hours and still unable to create more groups.

    The message is a dead-end, leaving you knowhere to go and no idea how long to wait.

    This is almost scary enough to get me to try a different groups service, as I need 15-odd groups.

  • iGoogle is google’s new name for their personalized home page. I think this name is too marketing-department-and-internet-bubble-esque.

Being the good web 2.0 citizen that I am, I’d like to tell google about these experiences but I don’t know (and can’t figure out) how to provide feedback. If google’s model is truly centered around the user experience, they are making a big mistake by not encouraging feedback flow more actively.