I ended Michigan recount for the sixth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News by telling my readers that I would "examine top posts about minor party candidates next in this series." With only a couple of hours left in the day, here is the retrospective I promised.
The sixth most read entry posted last year and the seventh most read of all time is 2016 could be a good year for minor party candidates with 3640 page views, 3773 according to the raw counter. As I have done repeatedly, I'll be a good environmentalist and recycle to tell the story of its page views, this time from Monthly meta for May 2016.
The top post of May 2016 was "2016 could be a good year for minor party candidates" from May 14, 2016 with 3669 page views, 3676 according to the raw counter. It also came in second for most comments with 6. It earned its page views from being shared at the Coffee Party Facebook page, where it got more than 3400 page views in the first 24 hours, and helped attract 3440 page views the next day, 883 the first hour. The entry also ended the month as the second most read of all time, knocking "Corn questions from 'Food, Inc.' worksheet" out of the top ten after it had briefly re-entered the leader board at the start of the month.It did turn out to be a good year for minor parties, both in the top twenty on in the real world. Follow over the jump for three more entries plus an update on the story.
CNN and MSNBC interview Libertarian candidates William Weld and Gary Johnson was the ninth most read entry posted last year and the tenth most read of all time with 3109 page views, 3259 according to the raw counter. Once again, I'm recycling from Monthly meta for May 2016 to tell part of the story of the success of this entry.
While I shared "CNN and MSNBC interview Libertarian candidates William Weld and Gary Johnson" from May 24, 2016 at the political groups on Facebook and Google+, it got most of its 401 page views (410 according to the raw counter) from Infidel753 sharing the link at Crooks&Liars. That brought in 252 visits in June, 235 in the first 24 hours; it had 55 page views before then. The result was that the entry came in fourth both overall and among entries posted during May. It got a second life in June that placed it fourth on the all time list, but that's a story for next month.June's stats and top posts told that story.
"CNN and MSNBC interview Libertarian candidates William Weld and Gary Johnson" from May 24, 2016 earned a second month in the top ten by being shared at the Coffee Party Facebook page on the first of the month. That drew in 2700+ more page views to the entry in 24 hours. In addition, June 1 saw 3,037 total page views, including 850 the first hour after the link was posted. As a result, it earned the top post of the month and the Revenge of the Back Catalog trophy by collecting 2740 more page views during June. The entry now has a total of 3136 page views (3187 according to the raw counter) placing it fourth on the all-time top ten. It knocked "Corn questions from 'Food, Inc.' worksheet" out for what may be the last time.Just like May, October saw two entries on minor parties that made this countdown. Unlike May, I have not written the retrospective for the month. So here are the stories of these two entries for the first time.
The tenth most read entry of the past year and the last one to fall out of the all-time top ten is Newspaper endorsements roll in while comedians laugh at Gary Johnson from October 3, 2016. It ended the blogging year with 3208 page views according to the raw counter and fell out of the top ten before noon on December 6, 2016 with 2967 page views according to the default counter when it was passed by Federal judge orders Michigan recount to begin today, a story also recounted in Michigan recount for the sixth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News. It was the third most read entry of October and the second most read posted that month, ending October with 2970 page views, 3142 according to the raw counter. The post earned 792 page views in the first hour after being shared at the Coffee Party USA Facebook page, contributing to an 892 page view hour. It passed
I also promoted the entry at Kunstler's blog, where I wrote the following as a comment to Sizing Up the Endgame.
As for our host, I see he "considered casting [his vote] for Johnson / Weld, until Gary Johnson demonstrated that the front end of his brain is missing. Aleppo? Wasn’t he one of the Marx Brothers?" He wasn't alone in his consternation, as Johnson earned endorsements from the Chicago Tribune and Detroit News while simultaneously having Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, Bill Maher, and Sarah Silverman laugh at him. Johnson has enough visibility and name recognition that he's worth making fun of. That's what success for a minor party candidate looks like.The last entry on the subject of minor party candidates to make the top twenty (actually the top forty), was John Oliver and Keith Olbermann examine minor party candidates. I told part of the story in John Oliver: Top posts for the sixth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News
John Oliver and Keith Olbermann examine minor party candidates from October 26, 2016 came in fifteenth for the year with 2538 page views according to the raw counter. That's all I'm going to say about it right now; I'm saving its full story for an upcoming retrospective about minor party candidates, which should be the post after next in this series.Like all the rest of the entries on this topic last year, I shared the link at the Coffee Party USA Facebook page. The post earned 2130 page views within first 24 hours of being shared at the Coffee Party USA Facebook page the first week of November. The first hour saw 879 page views to the blog out of 2757 total that day. The entry had only 88 page views before being shared. It ended November with 2357 page views, 2504 according to the raw counter, which was exactly the same as the default counter's page views at the entry's maximum on November 26, 2016. It ended up being the third most read post of November.
Finally, the prediction of last year being a good year for minor party candidates generally came true. First, the Libertarians achieved "major-party" status in Michigan, even if the party didn't qualify for federal matching funds. Second, The Greens won more offices than Libertarians in Michigan, seven to the Libertarians' three. Finally, the minor party share of the vote exceeded the last "good year" for minor parties, 2000, when 3.75% of the vote went to candidates from outside the two major parties, 2.74% of which was cast for the Green Party ticket. In 2016, 5.73% of the vote was cast for minor party and independent candidates, 3.28% of the total to the Libertarians and 1.07% to the Greens. I'm sure that's the best showing for the Libertarians in the history of the party. One has to go back to 1996 for a better showing by a third party, 8.40% for the Reform Party, the largest chunk by far of the 10.05% that went to minor party and independent candidates that year. Congratulations to the minor parties for their best collective showing in 20 years!
That's it for minor parties. Stay tuned for a retrospective on entertainment and the election. .
Previous entries in this series.
- Happy Persian New Year and Happy Birthday to Twitter and this blog
- Statistics for the sixth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News
- John Oliver: Top posts for the sixth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News
- Michigan recount for the sixth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News