Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Another sort of bomb

Because of the way the search engine works, lots of links to the same article will ensure that article turns up high in Google. Putting up those links is called "Google bombing." So Chris Bowers of My DD proposed that progressive bloggers should post this list of articles about various less than ethical Republican candidates so that searchers are more likely to encounter this side of their stories. Here's the list.

If you have a question about any of these people, and they are all pretty questionable, just check the link below.

--AZ-Sen: Jon Kyl

--AZ-01: Rick Renzi

--AZ-05: J.D. Hayworth

--CA-04: John Doolittle

--CA-11: Richard Pombo

--CA-50: Brian Bilbray

--CO-04: Marilyn Musgrave

--CO-05: Doug Lamborn

--CO-07: Rick O'Donnell

--CT-04: Christopher Shays

--FL-13: Vernon Buchanan

--FL-16: Joe Negron

--FL-22: Clay Shaw

--ID-01: Bill Sali

--IL-06: Peter Roskam

--IL-10: Mark Kirk

--IL-14: Dennis Hastert

--IN-02: Chris Chocola

--IN-08: John Hostettler

--IA-01: Mike Whalen

--KS-02: Jim Ryun

--KY-03: Anne Northup

--KY-04: Geoff Davis

--MD-Sen: Michael Steele

--MN-01: Gil Gutknecht

--MN-06: Michele Bachmann

--MO-Sen: Jim Talent

--MT-Sen: Conrad Burns

--NV-03: Jon Porter

--NH-02: Charlie Bass

--NJ-07: Mike Ferguson

--NM-01: Heather Wilson

--NY-03: Peter King

--NY-20: John Sweeney

--NY-26: Tom Reynolds

--NY-29: Randy Kuhl

--NC-08: Robin Hayes

--NC-11: Charles Taylor

--OH-01: Steve Chabot

--OH-02: Jean Schmidt

--OH-15: Deborah Pryce

--OH-18: Joy Padgett

--PA-04: Melissa Hart

--PA-07: Curt Weldon

--PA-08: Mike Fitzpatrick

--PA-10: Don Sherwood

--RI-Sen: Lincoln Chafee

--TN-Sen: Bob Corker

--VA-Sen: George Allen

--VA-10: Frank Wolf

--WA-Sen: Mike McGavick

--WA-08: Dave Reichert

My very smart partner questions both the ethics and the long run utility of this kind of gaming the system. As is usually the case, she is probably right. However doing this sure is easier than all the phoning and canvassing we all should be doing.


sfmike said...

I agree with your very smart partner (gaming Google can backfire), and I also question the choice of some of the links (the best they could do with Richard Pombo was Wikipedia?), but I like the solidarity of it, and the urge to spread information. So more power to you.

Anonymous said...

Well, some of these are dated, and there are more recent practices to challenge (indeed, one is the starting point for my most recent post on my blog).

I don't know enough about using Google to really play at manipulating what pops up. At the same time, noting political skulduggery is part of being politically literate. I fear that there have been some such misuses from persons of both parties. In that instance, a pox on each of their houses.

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