Today I sent my absentee ballot for the Canadian federal election via a Fedex/Kinkos in the East Village. It was kind of depressing, but at least I did my part. An hour later, though, whatever tiny grain of hope I had left for my country was crushed by some aimless internet surfing.
As if this wasn’t sad enough to hear, it seems that while both Canadian and U.S. debates went on last Thursday, Canadians searched for Sarah Palin’s name as much as for all of the other candidates, American or Canadian, COMBINED.
Check this, according to Yahoo! News:
Top Election Candidates Searches:
Sarah Palin:+50% (up 2% on debate day)
Stephen Harper:+11% (down 8% on debate day)
Joe Biden:+8% (up 7% on debate day)
Barack Obama:+7% (up 2% on debate day)
Jack Layton:+7% (down 1% on debate day)
Elizabeth May:+6% (unchanged on debate day)
Stephane Dion:+5% (down 1% on debate day)
Gilles Duceppe:+3% (up 2% on debate day)
John McCain:+2% (down 1% on debate day)
This Week’s Top ‘Palin’ Searches (in Canada):
Sarah Palin pictures
Tina Fey as Sarah Palin
Katie Couric Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin interview
Sarah Palin bikini
So please all you Americans who keep telling me that if McCain-Palin wins you’re moving to Canada, it might be time to consider a different geographic plan b.