The Egometer

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Thanks to Douglass Bartley for this guide to egomania among the Republican
candidates. McCain is first (worst), and Ron Paul is last (best). But as we
know, the last shall be first.








































































Republican Presidental Candidate
Ego Me-ter Report (Patent Pending)
Republican Debate October 21, 2007



Candidate


Total words


Total Ego words used1


% of Ego words to
total words


Ego ranking
(most egotistical = 1;
least = 8)


Giuliani


21482


70


3.2%


4


Huckabee


1092


26


2.4%


5


Hunter


681


8


1.2%


7


McCain


1350


75


5.6%


1


Paul


14073


16


1.1%


8


Romney


2325


76


3.3%


3


Tancredo


942


17


1.8%


6


Thompson


1715


63


3.7%


2


Source of column 1
information: New
York Times


The
Table is based on quantitative data and, so far, the author has made no
attempt to evaluate the "qualitative" degree of egotism in each
instance of using an ego word; only the incidence and potential likelihood
of it. But the huge margin of McCain’s "victory" does suggest
extraordinary self-preoccupation.

  1. Ego words used:
    I; I’ll; I’m; I’d; I’ve; me; my; mine.
  2. 10 words removed
    from total for candidate not hearing the question.
  3. 36 words removed
    for candidate not hearing the question

2:36 pm on October 23, 2007