A Word Cloud That Speaks For Itself

Eric Weisbrod, a news producer at CNN shared this word cloud prepared from the transcript of the prime time Republican debate on Wednesday. The larger the world, the more frequently it was used:

GOP Debate Word CloudFurther comment seems unnecessary.

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  1. Hal_10000 says:

    Nice to see the GOP still pushing that whole “Culture of Life” thing and focusing, laser-like, on the economy.

  2. Ron Beasley says:

    I’m old, slow and use a cane. I much more fear crossing the busy street between me and the grocery store than I fear ISIS.

  3. C. Clavin says:

    Nothing about climate change…our biggest threat.
    Nothing about white christian terrorists…a bigger threat than ISIS.

  4. Franklin says:

    Why are Graham and Pataki and Huckabee mentioned so much, and yet I still haven’t found “Donald” or “Trump”?

    EDIT: sorry, finally found Trump about the same size as Huckabee

  5. Neil Hudelson says:

    That was my first thought as well. Lindsey did better than anyone expected, apparently.

  6. Gustopher says:

    How is Pataki bigger than Obama or Clinton?

    I think this is the undercard debate, despite all labels.

  7. CSK says:


    Yeah, so do I. Why on earth would the mainstage debaters devote so much time to Graham? Or Pataki? They’re non-starters.

  8. Bill Lefrak says:

    In Paris cafes as we speak their “word cloud” would look the same.

    One day ISIS will bomb a gay wedding, you know, at which point the dopey blogger demographic will clue in. Or not. You can’t really fix terminally stupid and irrevocably detached from reality.

    Speaking of which, the scary part about the horrific demographics of blogs (and academia and the media, too) is that virtually nothing can get through to the left. If ISIS death squads marched into the lofts of the authors of Vox, OTB, HuffPo, etc., and proceeded to behead them all, literally the moment before their respective grisly deaths they’d be worried about wrinkling their suits and whether it’s racist for them to be upset about it.

    Loopy PC thinking will be the end of much of Western civilization. Then in the final ghastly irony the left will as everything falls apart around them continue to preen into their mirrors and change outfits for that night’s cocktail parties.

  9. Just 'nutha ig'rant cracker says:

    @Bill Lefrak: Wow! That was really reallyreally inane. Even for you.

  10. Scott O says:

    @Bill Lefrak:
    I hope that one day the dopey commenter will grow up.

  11. gVOR08 says:

    @Franklin: Yeah. My initial reaction “Graham? Lindsey Graham?”

  12. Franklin says:

    @gVOR08: Yup, I was trying to figure out if there was some other use of it. Graham crackers didn’t seem likely.