December 05, 2003
Fire with fire

We all know who was the miserable failure was, when discussing American presidents, don't we? Hint: he was the only president (in my lifetime, at least) who led the country during simultaneous double digit inflation, interest rates, and unemployment.

(For more on this Googlebomb, see Dodd and Josh.)

posted on December 05, 2003 01:04 AM


I read about this previously on Volokh, and couldn't help but be struck by the nearly conscious "if we repeat it often enough it'll become true" thinking of those involved with the original stunt.

I wonder if it's occurred to them that if they need to stack search engines to convince people Bush Is A Miserable Failure, he must not actually be failing that miserably.

posted by Sigivald on December 5, 2003 12:07 PM

Personally I think we'd have better luck linking JC with 'complete failure' or something like that. The 'miserable failure' googlebomb has too many top hits to make it easy to change it.

posted by Kathy K on December 5, 2003 12:47 PM

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