April 16, 2004


RNC Announces Index De Le Miserables (RNC, 4/13/04)

Today the Republican National Committee released the Index De Le Miserables (IDM). The IDM is calculated based on four factors including proposed spending beyond current budget proposals; tax increases necessary to pay for spending increases; announced tax increases; and number of additional days Americans will have to work before they are working for themselves.

“What do the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and John Kerry’s misery index have in common? Hint, it’s not their positive outlook.,” said RNC Communications Director Jim Dyke. [...]

Total Kerry IDM—20.46

Question and Answers for the Index De Le Miserables

What is the origin of the IDM?

Kerry campaign made up a misery index so we did too.

How did you create the IDM?

Same way the Kerry campaign did.

Are you aware that since its inception over 20 years ago the ‘Misery Index’ has been defined as a combination of unemployment + inflation?


Is it strictly coincidence that the Kerry IDM is the same as the 1980 Carter MI of 20.46?



Posted by Orrin Judd at April 16, 2004 9:34 PM

Orrin, you're blogging? It's only a three-run lead for the Red Sox, and there's still three innings left. I don't care if it's April, either you live in New England or you don't. If I can sweat this in Minneapolis, surely you can do the same in Hanover.

And I am typing on the half-inning, in case you're wondering.

Posted by: Brian (MN) at April 16, 2004 9:52 PM

Just got to my in-laws and had to check e-mail after the drive. I even own Tim Wakefield in my Rotisserie League, so my attention is at best evenly divided between web and baseball.

Posted by: oj at April 16, 2004 10:13 PM

One thing that bodes well for the Bush campaign.

They seem to be having fun. That's huge.

Posted by: Andrew X at April 17, 2004 11:23 AM