All Google Searches Lead to Rick Perry

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A little levity to kick off the long weekend: ever wonder what Google searches people are doing about Rick Perry? We have a decent idea, since so many of them drive people to Burnt Orange Report. Since he announced thrice that he was running for President, Rick Perry has caused a dramatic upswing in Burnt Orange readership, thanks to our long record of tracking his failures big and small. Now as the nation turns to Google this guy that has stormed to the front of the Crazytown Olympics known as the Republican Primary, we're happy to serve up the truth about Rick Perry to a curious national audience.

Top Rick Perry Google Searches:

    “Rick Perry Corruption” (Great must-read series by Phil here.)
    “Can Texas Secede” (The answer is Nope.)
    “Rick Perry Scandal” (Plenty of exhaustive coverage here.)

    “Rick Perry Rental Home”
    “Rick Perry Scandals” (These Googlers rightfully assumed there was more than one.)
    “Rick Perry Lies”
    “Rick Perry Shoots Coyote”
    and, of course,
    “Rick Perry Sucks”

Bonus points for the one person Googling “Rick Perry looks stupid firing handgun.”

Tops For This Week:

    “New Texas Laws 2011” Thanks to Eric Roberson and his excellent post, many people came to BOR to find out about the new laws in effect. I guess people are really excited to fish with their hands?

Traffic Sources:

    In terms of source, Google leads the way, with about 85% of our search traffic. But #2 Yahoo also helped bring some people our way, including a search for “Texas Monthly 10 Best Legislators 1973.” Congratulations to Kay Bailey Hutchison's husband, who not only makes the list but seemingly has some new yahoo fans.

Last but not least, there was a mini-spike in traffic Googing “Ann Richards Mario Cuomo Doritos.” Seems odd, until you Google it yourself and find this gem:

The ad ran during the 1995 Superbowl. Both Richards and Cuomo had been defeated in 1994. Who defeated Ann Richards? George W. Bush, who would later run for President, ruin the country, and propel Rick Perry into the Governor's mansion. Alas, we'd all be better off if that bag of chips was in charge.

Enjoy your long weekends!  


About Author

Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Central Texas. She is also a fan of UCONN women's basketball and breakfast tacos.


  1. Thanks for the trip down memory lane, Katherine!
    I had forgotten that commercial even existed. What a true piece of political and advertising history you unearthed. And yes, we'd be better off if that bag of chips was in charge: it would be less stale, probably much smarter, and wouldn't need a $10,000 a month mansion to live in.

    Is anyone coming to BOR with the search “Rick Perry tootsie roll”? Back in 2008, for some reason, that showed up in the search logs for Capitol Annex every week without fail. I never could figure out what people were searching for. Maybe Rick Perry likes Tootsie Rolls? Who knows.

    (and I forgot the Doritos bag even looked like that!)

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