On July 29th I wrote in this blog that I fantasize about being a candidate for President and using the line “My opponent thinks voters are stupid.” I opined that it would be a killer line and make world headlines.


On September 6th, Obama was talking about Republicans in his speech and said, “I mean come on, they must think you’re stupid!” It made world headlines:


I figured it was a coincidence. It’s not as if the Obama campaign is reading The Dilbert Blog. But yesterday Google Alert vacuumed up a mention of my name from some corner of the Internet and delivered it to the BlackBerry in my left front pant pocket. I learned that strangers with no credibility have put me on the list of Top-10 Web Celebrities for 2008-2009. To my surprise, someone is actually reading this blog. I always thought all the comments here were from one crazy stalker pretending to be different people.


The odd thing about blogging, or writing a book, is that you never know who is paying attention. But I do expect a lot of people will visit this blog on Monday when I release the results of my survey of economists, assuming that happens as planned.

One of the things that get me out of bed in the morning is having at least one project brewing that could change the world, no matter how unlikely. My survey of economists fits that model. I don’t expect it to affect this election, but there is a non-zero chance it will change the type of information voters demand. Ideally, someone else would fund a study of economists next year. (It is pricey.)

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Sep 16, 2008
There are only three logical outcomes to this survey. They favor McCain. They favor Obama. They are divided about which candidate is best for the economy. I don't see how so many people can be in "suspense" over this. What I'm really curious about will be the emotional response to this article. I can't wait to read all the posts after the survey.
Sep 14, 2008
Now whats this 'That's-my-line-Obama' about?

Nuts man, nuts. Thats what the ancestors ate for gas. Its like a yawn. You pass, the next one passes and so on. Scott to Obama to Mcwhats-the-name to the voters...
Sep 14, 2008
I knew just one name in that list of Top Ten! That was Scott.

Now who paid for this?
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Sep 12, 2008
Diebold & company might be able to ensure a defective election, with no paper trail for post-election audits. Electoral shenanigans -- they're what makes this country great.
Sep 12, 2008
I'd be ok if it afflicted voters.

Or AFLAC'ed voters.
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Sep 12, 2008
Scott said:
"I don’t expect it to affect this election, but there is a non-zero chance it will change the type of information voters demand."

Ok, so you are not looking to AFFECT the election--how 'bout to EFFECT the election?

You ARE a professional writer--maybe you've got this one figured out (affect/effect)...

Sep 12, 2008
I can easily believe that you're one of the top 10 celebrity blogs. How many other celebrities write an intelligent, often humorous, thought-provoking blog almost every single day. You've made a real commitment to your blog, and it's only reasonable that people would recognize your excellence.
Sep 12, 2008
Ahh come on. Its the same guy who comments on ur website has put on that top ten list webpage. :p
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Sep 11, 2008
I admire your initiative and good will and all, but I feel I have to whine about 2 things regarding your survey:

- First of all, the premise that the economy is the most important issue for this election. That may be true, because that's what the voters say ... Is it therefore the most important issue for the country? In my opinion, a 'good country' has a functioning economy indeed, but other values are more important.

- Economy is no hard science. My daughter-in-law started studying economy last year after she broke off a study in bio-chemics. The university has a good reputation (Marburg). She says economics is a laugh. It is easy, and it has almost no ingredients of a 'hard' science. Nothing can be proven, it is a lot like social science. The only tough subject is stochastics.
Sep 11, 2008
I have been anxiously awaiting your economists results for weeks now. Can't wait until Monday. But what are the chances we'll find your Monday post slanted towards your candidate of choice??

[I think both candidates are unfit. You will see that slant. -- Scott]
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Sep 11, 2008
it may seems stupid to you...but i do print your blog entries as my english learning materials...
Sep 11, 2008
Re: your 'votes are stupid comment' - former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, when trying to 'reform' the country's industrial relations system:

'There is an inexorable historical process under
way..it will sweep away the insufferably
arrogant assumption made by the present
industrial relations system that men and
women in Australia are too stupid to be
trusted with the responsibility of deciding
what is good for them.’
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Sep 11, 2008
The comedic possibilities multiply if you think about multiple crazy stalkers pretending to be one person.
Sep 11, 2008
I'm guessing the one crazy one is Rita Mae.
Sep 11, 2008
Normally i dont leave comments... it takes a while wo login and everything else... so I guess that Scott is right... and Shyzaboy... and kls.... hahaha

maybe scott is his own stalker multi-aliased commenter... XD

anyway... it seems that most people focused on the "no one ever reads my blog" thing... so to follow the thread here is my excuse: it takes time to read thru some of the concepts, and posting a comment just will take me more time (like right now... ive spent 3 to 5 minutes...) and the fact that you (scott) are a celebrity, I dont think you would need a comment or 2 from me to help to build your ego everyday... you got more than enough when you percieve that someone on the other side of the world is alughing and/or thinking about what you wrote.

and by the way... sue Obama for using your "Catch Phrase"... or at lest get him to put you on one of his commercials saying: "I Scot Adams, approve this message"... that would be pretty neat... hahaha
Sep 11, 2008
You know you're important when you're ranked higher than the creator and the CEO of Google.

Too bad it doesn't have a cash payout.
Sep 11, 2008
Sep 11, 2008
When I get out of bed every morning and I go to High school myboyfriend always asks "You ready for some English Albert Einstien"
Sep 11, 2008
Not only listed in the Top 10, but you are even listed higher than #10
Sep 11, 2008
The study is intriguing. Prior to hearing about this study, I presumed I knew what an economist was, but then I realized, I don't. And if an important survey result is at stake, I think suddenly there will be a lot more debate over what an "economist" is.

It occurred to me, my company doesn't have a position called "economist". For one to be called an economist, presumably one works for, or did work for someone on the basis of the claim of being an economist. So I am just as curious as to how you went about locating 500 "economists" and who they work for.

Personally, I'd enjoy sitting down talking to an economist who is knowledgeable about government insides and who I know is not trying to persuade me of how to vote.
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