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On John Kerry's Google Juice

BY Nick Judd | Monday, December 17 2012

On Friday morning, the Obama administration floated the idea that John Kerry would become the next Secretary of State. The tragic shootings in Newtown, Conn., pushed that news down from the headlines — but not before the announcement began to change the profile of Kerry ensconced in Google's curious reflection of our public consciousness.

He went from "John Kerry swift boat" to "John Kerry Secretary of State" in just a matter of days.

Here's Google Autocomplete's view of Kerry on Friday morning:

And the following Monday:

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