Saturday, October 25, 2008

Which way will the cookie crumble?

Two cookie contests claim they predict the winner of the Presidency. The "Busken" contest - never heard of it!
The Busken Cookie Poll, in which the chain of Cincinnati-area retail bakeries sells cookies bearing cartoon images of each candidate, as of Thursday morning had Mr. Obama ahead 6,477 to 3,090 -- a 68% to 32% margin. Daily updates can be found at

Unscientific? Perhaps. But Brian Busken, VP-marketing of the family business, said that since the poll's inception in 1984, it has accurately predicted the winner of the presidential election every four years and never been further than 4 percentage points from the final popular vote tally nationwide. (Note: While the website shows a smiling Obama cookie and a frowning McCain cookie, the cookies sold in stores have both smiling.)
Making McCain frown on the website cookie? How rude!

However, Cindy McCain may be her husband's saving grace with Oatmeal Butterscotch.
For the last four presidential elections, Family Circle has asked the candidates’ spouses to share their favorite cookie recipe. Then they asked readers to vote for the best. Since that 1992 election, the ballots have been accurate predictors of who’ll end up in the White House.

So when the votes were counted in the latest cookie election, Cindy McCain’s Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies garnered 4,123 votes while Michelle Obama’s Shortbread Cookies earned 3,440. That’s a vote of 54 percent to 44 percent.
That's 54% of Family Circle readers who said so.

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