Thinking about potential Republican candidates for 2012, I put together a list of the number of Facebookers who have indicated that they like a particular politician's profile.
Number of Facebook fans
Sarah Palin 2,044,149
Mitt Romney 488,657
Mike Huckabee 393,445
Ron Paul 241,954
Bobby Jindal 109,096
John Thune 73,859
Newt Gingrich 73,577
Tim Pawlenty 54,482
Jim DeMint 49,116
Chris Christie 4,829
Eric Cantor 466
Tom Tancredo 402
Jeb Bush 336
I suppose the numbers give us a sense of the grassroots enthusiasm for politicians, probably among a younger than average demographic. I doubt it means much, but it makes me nervous anyway: Sarah has no real competition here. This is the type of thing that might convince Palin to run. She commented on her profile that two million is more than the audience of some cable news shows.
Poor Newt just seems to leave people flat. I must say I am pleased that my niece has more Facebook friends than Jeb Bush has fans.
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