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Did Bill Nelson's great intercourse make him a Google magnet?



There is no greater political mystery this week than this: Why in the world would Florida's cautious, low-key Bill Nelson be the second-most frequently searched U.S. senator this year on Google, just behind the late Ted Kennedy? Since the New York Times reported that factoid, we've heard all sorts of theories. His passion for ridding Florida of Burmese pythons is sexy stuff, for instance. He has also focused on troublesome Chinese drywall. Maybe people were mistaking him for the higher profile moderate Democrat Ben Nelson of Nebraska.

The mystery may never be answered but we're afraid the theory shared by Republican consultant Jordan Raynor of Tampa is adolescent, crass and makes the most sense: a viral, 30-second online video of Bill Nelson on the Senate floor somberly talking about how troops are treated and substituting an unfortunate word for interaction:

"Certainly all the intercourse that I had as a military officer was the best,'' Bill "Google magnet" Nelson intones in the YouTube clip. "But that was not the case for a lot of our returning soldiers."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:08pm]


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