First Political Buzzword Tracker of 2006 Portends Raucus Fight Heading Into Mid-term Elections
Culture of Corruption: 56% Republican vs. 44% Democrat
San Diego, June 13, 2006 (Updated). For the last three years, GLM has been tracking political buzzwords as they appear in the print and electronic media (newspapers, television, radio, etc.) on the Internet and in the Blogosphere. Using our proprietary algorithm, the Political-Sensitivity Quotient Index or PQI, GLM has been able to see which buzzwords and catchphrases are moving in and out of use, thereby reflecting what the media are writing about as opposed to the opinions of the Talking Heads and Pundits. [Read More Below.]
Nota Bene (November 8, 2006): The Exit Polls, According to CNN, "Asked which issues were extremely important to their vote, 42 percent said corruption and ethics; 40 percent, terrorism; 39 percent, the economy; 37 percent, Iraq; 36 percent, values; and 29 percent, illegal immigration".
GLM, in early June, found that the corruption and ethics tag was more tightly linked to Republicans than Democrats by a 56% to 44% margin. Apparently, the Democrats have transformed the Mid-term elections into a 'national' election, thus upturning the 'all politics is local' dictum that usually holds sway. Translating this early finding into a party-line vote: Democratic Majority of 244-191. CNN's HOUSE RACE Updated: 6:13 a.m. ET, Nov. 8: With 435 seats at stake, with 14 still undecided: 227-194 Democratic Majority
San Diego, California November 7, 2006 – The Global Language Monitor’s Political-Sensitivity Quotient Index (PQI) has found that John Kerry’s ‘Stuck in Iraq’ remarks as well as the conviction of Saddam Hussein will both impact today’s Election. Kerry ‘Stuck in Iraq’ remarks debuted at (No. 8) on the list of politcally sensitive buzzwords, while and Hussein’s ‘Guilty’ verdict entered at (No. 11). This is in marked contrast to the 2004 General Election when the last-minute October and November ‘surprises’ (such as the Osama bin-Laden broadcast) were trumped by ‘moral values’. This effect was apparently alone recognized by GLM and was published the week before the vote.
The Top 15 are still dominated by ‘Green’ and ‘Defense’ issues. ‘Ethanol,’ ‘Global Warming,’ and ‘Climate Change Disaster’ are at No.’s 1, 2 and 15. ‘Al-qaeda,’ Bird Flu,’ and ‘Iran Nuclear Weapons’ Round out the Top 5. The Mark Foley scandal sits at No. 10, ‘Illegal Immigration’ at No. 13, ‘Rumsfeld Resignation’ sits at No.19 (about the same position he has maintained for the previous three years), and ‘Culture of Corruption’ comes in at No 20. Other hot button issues that have marked the campaign include ‘domestic spying’ that comes in at No.22 and the continued backlash against the ‘New Orleans’ fiasco still strong at No. 30. ‘North Korean nuclear weapons’ fell twelve spots to No. 41, a marked contrast to the question of ‘Iran Nuclear Weapons’ at No. 5.
Paul JJ Payack, President of the Global Language Monitor suggested that “over the last few years the PQI has proved to start where the polls and pundits leave off. This appears to be because the PQI provides a view of the underlying trends – and rapid movement -- that the polls can't possibly provide. The PQI is not dependent upon who is at home, GLM is not forced to ask 'double-blind' questions; since the PQI requires no questions at all.”
The Global Language Monitor's Political-Sensitivity Quotient Index is a proprietary algorithm that measures 'the buzz' in the major print and electronic media, as well as on the Internet." The data is anaylzed for change since the beginning of 2006, then quarterly, monthly and finally weekly. The basic premise is to analyze short-term variations (e.g., Mark Foley) in the context of the longer-term terms (e.g., bin-Laden).
The following data snapshot was analyzed on Sunday November 5 and updated on Monday November 6th, the day befor the Mid-term Election.
PQI Rank on Nov 6 -- Buzzword
2 Global Warming
4 Bird Flu
5 Iran nuclear weapon
6 Impeach Bush
7 Conservative Politics
8 Kerry "stuck in Iraq"
9 Increased Tax Revenue
10 Mark Foley Scandal
11 Saddam Hussein guilty
12 Raise Taxes
13 illegal Immigration
14 Progressive Politics
15 Climate Change Disaster
16 Liberal Politics
17 Religious right
18 Cut Taxes
19 Rumsfield Resign
20 Culture of Corruption
21 Osama bin-Laden
22 Domestic Spying
23 Republican Majority
24 Quagmire Iraq War
25 Extreme Right Political
26 Hillary Clinton credibility
27 Bush Lame Duck
28 Filibuster Senate
29 Iraq War Insurgency
30 "New Orleans" Recovery
31 Religious Left
32 China World Stage
33 Losing War Iraq
34 War for Oil
35 George Bush Credibility
36 Nuclear Option Senate
37 Out of the Political Mainstream
38 Supreme Court Nomination
39 Democratic Majority
40 Fema New Orleans
41 "Nuclear weapon" North Korea
42 NSA Eavesdrop
43 Likeability Bush
44 Winning War Iraq
45 Gasoline Crisis
Fastest Risers Since Oct 22nd
1 Saddam Hussein guilty
2 Iran nuclear weapon
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A Note About the Predictive Quantities Indicator (PQI)
The Global Language Monitor's proprietary algorithm, the Predictive Quantities Indicator tracks the frequency of words and phrases in the global print and electronic media, on the Internet, throughout the Blogosphere, as well as accessing proprietary databases (Factiva, Lexis-Nexis, etc.). A keyword base index is created (including selected keywords, phrases, 'excluders' and 'penumbra' words), 'timestamps' and a 'media universe' are determined. The PQI is a weighted Index, factoring in: Long-term trends, Short-term changes, Momentum, and Velocity. As such it can create 'signals' that can be used in a variety of applications. Outputs include: the raw PQI, a Directional Signal, or a Relative Ranking with 100 as the base. There are two differing PQIs. When analyzing words and phrases in political contexts, GLM uses the Political-sensitivity Quotient Index; when analyzing words and phrases in any other context, GLM uses a slightly different Predictive Quantities Indicator.
Global Language Monitor Exclusive Analysis PQI October 26:
Electorate has a Clear Vision of the Future Both U.S. Parties Seem to Lack
'Green'-Issues No. 1 and 2 but Al Qaeda Still No. 3
'Winning the Iraq War' Dead Last
San Diego, California October 26, 2006 -- With two weeks to go before the mid-term election, the Global Language Monitor's Political-Sensitivity Quotient Index (PQI) has found that the public seems to have a clear agenda and direction that both parties seem to lack. Green Issues, al-Qaeda and bin-Laden dominate the Top Ten, though the Mark Foley scandal makes its first appearance in ranking, as does 'Impeach Bush'.
'New Orleans' in the context of Hurricane Katrina still festers at No.12, while 'North Korean nuclear weapon' debuts at No. 31, and 'Iran nuclear weapon' falls two positions from the previous run and occupies the 17th position. Perhaps notably, 'Winning the Iraq War' comes in dead last on the list of political phrases and buzzwords, at No. 43, immediatedly preceded by 'gasoline crisis'.
"The combination of 'green issues,' long-term threats, and current enemies seems to define an electorate strongly conflicted by the two major parties lack of defined leadership in these core areas of belief. With neither party appealing to the electorate's direct concerns, we see the the results being more of an 'all politics is local' phenomenon, and far less of the political upheavel most pundits and polls are predicting. The difference between the PQI and the polls is that the PQI provides a ten-month view of the underlying trends that the polls can't possibly provide. In addition, the PQI is not dependent upon who is at home to pick up the phone at a particular hour of the day. Also, GLM is not forced to ask 'double-blinded' questions; since the PQI requires no questions at all. We simply measure what is found in the print, and electronic media, and the Internet, in their every changing mix and milieu," Payack concluded.
The Global Language Monitor's Political-Sensitivity Quotient Index is a proprietary algorithm that measures 'the buzz' in the major print and electronic media, as well as on the Internet." The data is anaylzed for change since the beginning of 2006, then quarterly, monthly and finally weekly. The basic premise is to analyze short-term variations (e.g., Mark Foley) in the context of the longer-term terms (e.g., bin-Laden). The following data snapshot was analyzed for the week of October 23rd, two weeks before the election.
Rank on Oct 24 -- Buzzword -- Previous Ranking (10/10/2006)
1. Global Warming -- Previously No. 1
2. Ethanol -- Previously No. 3
3. al-Qaeda -- Previously No. 2
4. Conservative Politics -- Previously No. 4
5. Illegal Immigration -- Previously No. 11
6. Flu -- Previously No. 6
7. Supreme Court Nomination -- Previously No. 7
8. Osama bin-Laden -- Previously No. 5
9. Impeach Bush -- Previously No. 8
10. Mark Foley -- Previously No. 43
11. Religious Right -- Previously No. 9
12. "New Orleans" Recovery -- Previously No. 10
13. Climate Change Disaster -- Previously No. 12
14. Increased Tax Revenue -- Previously No. 15
15. Progressive Politics -- Previously No. 16
16. Liberal Politics -- Previously No. 44
17. Iraq Nuclear Weapons -- Previously No. 17
18. Raise Taxes -- Previously No. 20
19. Rumsfeld Resign -- Previously No. 14
20. Cut Taxes -- Previously No. 19
21. Domestic Spying -- Previously No. 18
22. Republican Majority -- Previously No. 23
23. Extreme Right Political -- Previously No. 21
24. Iraq War Insurgency -- Previously No. 25
25. Culture of Corruption -- Previously No. 28
26. Losing War Iraq -- Previously No. 22
27. George Bush Credibility -- Previously No. 24
28. Senate Filibuster -- Previously No. 26
29. Fema (New Orleans) -- Previously No. 40
30. Hilary Clinton Credibility -- Previously No. 27
31. North Korean Nuclear Weapon -- Previously Unranked
32. Quagmire Iraq War -- Previously No. 29
33. Bush Lame Duck -- Previously No. 34
34. China on the World Stage -- Previously No. 30
35. Religious Left -- Previously No. 37
36. Nuclear Option Senate -- Previously No. 35
37. War for Oil -- Previously No. 36
38. Out of the Mainstream -- Previously No. 39
39. Democratic Majority -- Previously No. 38
40. NSA Eavesdrop -- Previously No. 41
41. Likeability Bush -- Previously No.42
42. Gasoline Crisis -- Previously No. 45
43. Winning Iraq War -- Previously No. 13
Top Political Buzzwords Index Belies Inside the Beltway Chatter
San Diego, California October 13, 2006 -- In a world where polls themselves become the news, The Global Language Monitor's Political-Sensitivity Quotient Index (PQI) smoothes out the highs and lows and lets you focus on the deeper trends.
Consider Mark Foley, there are about 21,000 stories on Notre Dame's Saturday game to about 19,600 on Mark Foley.
Does this mean the Dems or GOP should be wrapping themselves in Norte Dame pennants?
The Global Language Monitor's Political-Sensitivity Quotient Index is a proprietary algorithm that measures what people are actually talking about on the web, blogs, the major print and electronic media. We ran the PQI, as of Oct 7th, one month before the general election on Tuesday, November 7th.
Its results are counter intuitive to beltway thinking. This happened once before, when the PQI, the week before the 2004 Presidential Elections, signaled a strong shift to 'value-based voting' which was reported to the media, a week before the same was seen in the exit polls for the presidential elections.
If the present signal is true, both the Democrats and Republicans should focus on the issues that are driving what's reflected in the PQI. For example: Mark Foley appears as No. 43 -- but Al-qaeda and Osama rank as No. 2 and 5. The PQI seems to indicate that national security ranks far above the Mark Foley scandal. And not some vague notion of 'national security,' but rather No. 2 Al Qaeda and No. 5 Osama bin Laden. The PQI indicates that the American people know precisely who the enemy is.
And maybe Al Gore is a better politician that everybody thinks since his 'platform' topic 'global warming' is currently No. 1 on the PQI. Perhaps a 'green party' strong on national security would better reflect the mood reflected in the current PQI.
GLM has been publishing the PQI for some three years; it has been cited by the major global media hundreds of times.
Rank on Oct 7 -- Buzzword -- Previous Ranking (May 31)
43. Mark Foley Scandal -- Previous Ranking (Not Ranked)
A Note About the Predictive Quantities Indicator (PQI)
The Global Language Monitor's proprietary algorithm, the Predictive Quantities Indicator tracks the frequency of words and phrases in the global print and electronic media, on the Internet, throughout the Blogosphere, as well as accessing proprietary databases (Factiva, Lexis-Nexis, etc.).
A keyword base index is created (including selected keywords, phrases, 'excluders' and 'penumbra' words), 'timestamps' and a 'media universe' are determined. The PQI is a weighted Index, factoring in: Long-term trends, Short-term changes, Momentum, and Velocity. As such it can create 'signals' that can be used in a variety of applications.
Outputs include: the raw PQI, a Directional Signal, or a Relative Ranking with 100 as the base. There are two differing PQIs. When analyzing words and phrases in political contexts, GLM uses the Political-sensitivity Quotient Index; when analyzing words and phrases in any other context, GLM uses a slightly different Predictive Quantities Indicator.
First Political Buzzword Tracker of 2006 Portends a Raucus Fight Heading Into US Mid-term Elections
Impeach Bush is No. 3 on the Year-to-Date List
For the past three years, GLM has been tracking political buzzwords as they appear in the print and electronic media (newspapers, television, radio, etc.) on the Internet and in the Blogosphere.
Using our proprietary algorithm, the Political-Sensitivity Quotient Index or PQI, GLM has been able to see which buzzwords and catchphrases are moving in and out of use, thereby reflecting what the media are writing about as opposed to the opinions of the Talking Heads and Pundits.
For example, in the 2004 Presidential Election, GLM's PQI actually picked up the surge in moral values that became apparent to the pundits and polls only after votes were cast. (USAToday carried the story on the Monday before the vote.)
In fact, some 12 of the top 20 buzzwords GLM tracked were words and phrases that looked at the election through the prism of moral values from both the right and left perspective.
For the Mid-term elections GLM has set Dec. 31, 2005 as the beginning date of its analysis and has tracked some fifty buzzwords on a monthly basis since then. This is the first release of the PQI for the '06 Mid-term elections.
A new feature includes adding two words or phrases from popular culture (which will change throughout the cycle). This should help to place the results in cultural context.
Also, for the first time, we are releasing the Top 25 Year-to-Date List directly following the primary list.
The Results follow:
1. Immigration -- Up some 4,000% for the month; though Illegal immigration trails in the No. 12 spot.
2. Conservative Politics -- Good, bad or indifferent, 'conservative' is on everyone's lips.
3. Bird Flu -- Yes, Avian Flu is higher than Al Qaeda, bin-Laden, the gasoline crisis (No. 35), domestic surveillience, etc.
4. Al-qaeda -- High in the consciousness of the American people. Higher than even American Idol.
5. American Idol -- This is America, after all.
6. Religious Left -- Making a sudden splash to attempt to counter the religious right's powerful influence.
7. Ethanol (also E85) -- Pol's would do themselves well to note that the yellow fuel far outdistances the "gas crisis".
8. NSA Eavesdrop -- Suddenly exploded by 4,000% in the last month.
9. Osama bin-Laden -- Still ever present, lurking just beneath the surface.
10. FEMA -- half a year after Katrina struck, FEMA still a major whipping boy.
11. DaVinci Code -- Gained steam through the first four months of the year.
12. Illegal Immigration -- Trails immigration, though the entire topic is now hot.
13. Supreme Court Nomination -- Still resonating through the ether; quietly awaiting another slot to become available.
14. Losing War Iraq -- Considerably outdistancing 'winning the Iraq War' at No. 23.
15. Impeach Bush -- Surprisingly strong; actually No. 3 on the Year-to-Date list.
16. Religious Right -- Always a topic on conversation; a far greater base (greater than 30X over the Religious Left, above at No. 6).
17. New Orleans Recovery -- A longer, slower dig-out than many assumed. A 60% population drop since Katrina dramatically changes the ethnic composition of the Cresent City.
18. Iran nuclear weapon -- Steadily creeping up the list.
19. Culture of Corruption -- The Democrat's new mantra for taking back the House (and the Senate). Desparately hoping that voters don't look into their closets.
20. Likeability Bush -- Core supporters backing stronger than polls suggest; evidently, even the Core can grant the President an unfavorable ranking.
21. Domestic Spying -- Showing up twice shows depth of concern (NSA Eavesdropping is No.8).
22. Rumsfield Resign -- Nothing new here; In the Top Twenty-five for the third year running.
23. Winning War Iraq -- Though seven spots below the 'losing ' catchphrase, still a rather strong position on the chart.
24. Climate Change -- Surprisingly weak position considering all the publicity.
25. Filibuster Senate -- Still a topic of interest.
Others words and phrases being tracked (ranked in descending order) include: Iraq War Insurgency, George Bush and Credibility, China emerging onto the World Stage, concerns about losing the Republican Majority, Global Warming (as opposed to Climate Change), Gasoline Crisis, Bush as a Lame Duck, the Irag War as a Quagmire, 'out of the mainstream (now losing its power to shock), War for Oil, and Hillary Clintons credibility.
2. NSA Eavesdrop
3. Impeach Bush
4. DaVinci Code
6. Religious Right
7. Culture of Corruption
8. Bird Flu
10. Iran Nuclear Weapon
11. Domestic Spying
12. Illegal Immagration
13. Losing War Iraq
14. Rumsfield Resign
15. Osama bin-Laden
16. Supreme Court Nomination
17. Climate Change Disaster
18. Winning War Iraq
19. Filibuster Senate
20. New Orleans Recovery
21. Cut Taxes
22. Republican Majority
23. Raise Taxes
24. Iraq War Insurgency
25. George Bush Credibility
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Katrina, Bird Flu, Climate Change Top List of Hot Political Buzzwords
List Runs Counter To Virtually Every Pundit's Playbook
Nota Bene: The Talking Heads do not always reflect the reality of the worldwide media
San Diego, California (November 7, 2005) "Acts of God" top the Global Language Monitors PQ (Political-sensitivity Quotient) Index of the Top Political Buzzwords for the Third Quarter, including four of the Top Five: Hurricane Katrina, Climate Change, H5N1 Bird Flu, and Global Warming.
To the surprise of many, the Washington Pundits favorites fell uniformly from the Top Political Buzzwords List tracked during the first six months of 2005. These included: Supreme Court (down 3 to No. 4), the Iraq Insurgency (down 5 to No. 8), Filibuster (down 7 to No. 15), Quagmire (down 9 to No. 18) and Out of the Mainstream down 11 to No. 27). Breaking into the Top 10 were The New York Times Scandal involving Judith Miller debuting at No. 9 and outed Valerie Plame appears on the List at No. 10.
"The list runs counter to virtually every pundits playbook," said Paul JJ Payack, President of GLM. "Watching the Evening News, one might expect such words as Supreme Court, Insurgency, Filibuster, Quagmire and Out of the Mainstream to dominate the List. The lesson here might be that the Talking Heads do not always reflect the reality of the worldwide media. The references to Katrina dwarf anything weve ever tracked, surpassing the record set by the passing of Pope John Paul II, while the horrors of both Climate Change and a looming pandemic weigh heavily on the global mind."
The Top Politically-sensitive Words for the Third Quarter of 2005:
No. 1: Hurricane Katrina Comment: The long shadow of the 05 Hurricane Season casts a pall over all things political. Factor: Katrina breaks the all-time PQ Index record for citations previously held by the media coverage of the death of Pope John Paul II.
No. 2: Climate Change Comment: The fact that New York City was under 5,000 feet of ice 10,000 years ago escapes most on both sides of the debate. Factor: Up some 300% from the beginning of the year.
No. 3: H5N1 Bird/Avian Flu Comment: A looming global pandemic to dwarf the Bubonic Plague of the Middle Ages (and AIDS) boggles the contemporary imagination. Factor: Up 500% for the year. Hopefully, this is where it peaks.
No. 4: Supreme Court Comment: Down three spots from No. 1. Acts of God have a tendency to put the Acts of Man into proper perspective. Factor: Up over 800% for the year.
No. 5: Global Warming Comment: Opponents of the Presidents policies prefer global warming to the supposedly more neutral climate change, though the difference is meaningless to those that study language. Factor: Up 400 for the year.
No. 6: European Union (Dead) Comment: Though quietly spoken of all year, the French and the Dutch NO votes caused a spike here. Factor: Up 70% this month.
No. 7: John Paul II Comment: Still casting a long shadow, longer still in his absence. Factor: Up another 20% from the preceding month.
No. 8: Insurgency Comment: Contrary to the Media Pundits and the Polls, insurgency is down five spots from No. 3. Factor: Still rising but overtaken by the natural catastrophes.
No. 9: New York Times Scandal Comment: The Old Gray Lady takes another in a series of blows on credibility. Factor: Up 1300% for the year.
No. 10: Valerie Plame Comment: Though up 80% for the month, Plamegate barely squeaks into the Top 10. Factor: Up over 500% for the year.
No. 11: Judith Miller Comment: The prime reason (this month) for deep divisions in the newsroom at the Times . Factor: Up over 100% for the month.
No. 12: Cindy Sheehan Comment: The impact of the Iraq War Mom is apparently wide but not deep. Factor: Media coverage up only 200% from her first appearance.
No. 13: Schaivo Comment: She has come to stand for a far greater battle than that between her husband and family. Factor: Though down from No. 2, the numbers continue to rise, even after her death.
No. 14: Credibility (Bush/Cheney) Comment: Down nine spots from No. 5; series of missteps in usually disciplined media machine continues. Factor: Up 300% in month.
No. 15: Filibuster Comment: Down seven spots from No. 8. From the Spanish, Filibusteer. Factor: With all the talk of the nuclear option, the filibuster ranks among the top political terms few actually understand.
No. 16: Likeability (Bush) Comment: Bush and likeability are still rising modestly despite recent missteps. Factor: Up about 30% for the month.
No. 17: Throes Comment: Down ten spots from No. 7, Cheneys Last Throes remark still has legs. Factor: Up about 200% in the last month.
No. 18: Quagmire Comment: Down nine spots from No. 9. Actually means quaking mire (and not quaking Miers). Factor: Up only 5% for the month but has a large base.
No. 19: Tsunami Comment: The Indian Ocean Tsunami will be remembered long after the travails of Helen Miers. Factor: Still has millions of citations.
No. 20: Persistent Vegetative State Comment: You have to wonder if the persistent rise is referring to the state of the Congress. Factor: Up some 1600% since the beginning of the year.
Other words being tracked for the index include bubble, Hillary Clinton 2008, and Gravitas.
The PQ Index is a proprietary algorithm that tracks politically sensitive words and phrases in the print and electronic media, on the Internet and the Blogosphere. The words and phrases are tracked in relation to their frequency, contextual usage and appearance in global media outlets. GLM publishes the PQ Index on a quarterly basis.
Supreme Court-Related Buzzwords Dominate List of Top Political Buzzwords
Though Cheneys 'Last Throes' Bests 'Quagmire' as No. 1 on the List
San Diego, California (July 5, 2005) Supreme Court-related buzzwords dominated the list of Top Political Buzzwords released earlier today by the Global Language Monitor. The Top 15 Included: The Supremes, Activist Judges, the Nuclear Option, Out-of-the Mainstream, and Filibuster, according to GLM's Political-sensitivity Quotient Index (PQ Index) for the first half of 2005. "The fact that the Buzzword list was compiled immediately preceding the announcement by Justice OConnor that she would resign her seat on the Court, further strengthens the argument that the impending battle over the first vacancy in 11 years will be a mighty one, indeed," said Paul JJ Payack, President of GLM.
Vice President Cheneys use of the word throes widely taken to mean the imminent demise of the Iraq Insurgency was the fastest rising political buzzword. Throes bested No. 2 quagmire, and No. 3 credibility atop GLM's Political Buzzword List for 2005. Others in the Index included: insurgency, European Union (Dead), Schaivo, Supreme Court, activist Judges, and the nuclear option.
The PQ Index is a proprietary algorithm that tracks politically sensitive words and phrases in the media and on the Internet. The words and phrases are tracked in relation to their frequency, contextual usage and appearance in global media outlets. GLM publishes the PQ Index on a quarterly basis.
The Top Politically-sensitive Words for the First Half of 2005:
No. 1: ThroesComment: Cheneys Last Throes remark appears to fly in the face of the Administration's tight discipline.Factor: The fastest riser in the Index by far (up nearly 500% in month).
No. 2: Quagmire Comment: Actually means quaking mire and as the Insurgency continues, the quagmire cry escalates. Factor: Up nearly 1500% for the year.
No. 3: Credibility (Bush/Cheney) Comment: Series of missteps in usually disciplined media machine apparently causing a problem. Factor: Up 300% in month.
No. 4: Insurgency Comment: By definition, you dont know the true last throes of a battle until it's actually over. Factor: Up some 300% in the month.
No. 5: European Union (Dead) Comment: Though quietly spoken of all year, the French and the Dutch NO votes caused a spike here. Factor: Up 1600% for the year.
No. 6: Schaivo Comment: She has come to stand for a far greater battle than that between her husband and her family. Factor: The numbers continue to rise, even after her death.
No. 7: Supreme Court Comment: The stakes are particularly high this year and the numbers show it. Factor: Up over 800% for the year.
No. 8: Likeability (Bush) Comment: According to the PQI, Bush and likeability are still rising despite recent problems. Factor: Up about 250% as supporters apparently rally round their W.
No. 9: Incurious Comment: Bush seems impervious to the incurious charge though the numbers rise modestly. Factor: Charge remains as a low hum in the background.
No. 10: Activist Judges Comment: How come we never here alarming reports about inActivist judges? Factor: Up over 900% for the year
No. 11: Nuclear Option Comment: Its been cited in the media over 100,000 times; can someone please explain it to the public? Factor: Up 1800% for the year.
No. 12: John Paul II Comment: Still casting a long shadow, longer still in his absence. Factor: Up another 200% in the preceding month.
No. 13: Persistent Vegetative State Comment: You have to wonder if the sudden rise in the last month is referring to the state of the Congress. Factor: Up 200% in the last month.
No. 14: Out of the Mainstream Comment: There should be a rule: If 50% of the public supports an issue, pols cant make an out of the mainstream argument. Factor: Up 200% for the month.
No. 15: Filibuster Comment: From the Spanish, Filibusteer. Factor: With all the talk of the nuclear option, the filibuster ranks among the top political terms few actually understand.
Other words being tracked for the index include bubble, the Indian Ocean tsunami, and Hillary Clinton.
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