Election Day. You don’t need more of an intro than that. Let’s look at how the terms that defined Election 2012 trended over the course of the campaign, as per Google Trends. (Keep an eye on the x axis of these graphs, because the time periods vary.)

Legitimate rape

Ann Romney

Paul Ryan mom

You didn’t build that

47 percent

Big bird

Benghazi

Binders full of women

Horses and bayonets

Romnesia

Chris Christie

Mayor Bloomberg

Obama

Romney

Nate Silver

(Note: If anyone can figure out how to embed these graphs into WordPress, please do inform me. I’ve tried and failed. Hence: wonky pictures. I like to think they add charm.)