Levi Johnston with Higher Search Traffic than Tim Pawlenty
Nate Silver points to one of the biggest problems confronting any GOP presidential hopeful not named Palin:
Ms. Palin’s search traffic, since the start of 2010, is roughly 16 times that of Mitt Romney, 14 times that of Newt Gingrich, 38 times that of Mike Huckabee, and 87 times that of Mr. Pawlenty. (It is about six times greater than these other four candidates combined.)
But it gets worse:
Some members of Ms. Palin’s family also draw as much attention has the other Presidential contenders. Todd Palin, her husband, gets about as much search traffic as Mr. Pawlenty. Bristol Palin, her daughter (and a finalist on “Dancing With the Stars”), gets several times more than any of them (as does her former boyfriend, Levi Johnston).
But another way: there's less interest in the bottom-tier of GOP candidates combined than there is in Sarah Palin's daughter's Baby Daddy. And that's a big grizzly problem.