Last fall I had the impression that Republican candidates were running through a queue, with each one getting their turn in the "I'm-not-Romney" spotlight. Turns out, this intuition has some validity. Here are Google Search statistics for each Republican candidate: Bachmann: Cain: Gingrich: Paul: Santorum: Romney: In particular, note the timing of the "waves" for Bachman, Cain, and Gingrich. Almost perfectly timed! When one falls, the next rises; when that one falls, another steps in to take its place. No real point to this thread other than that; just thought it was an interesting set of graphs.