will immediately say, Hey! Why are these items in alphabetical order? That just confuses things. (It’s not like they need to be in alphabetical order so that we can look up “faith” in the index or whatever.)
I have no substantive comment on the graph except that it seems unfair to McCain in that his page has fewer total words, which as displayed in the graph makes him look less substantive overall. I mean, maybe it’s just a choice for him to focus on just a few issues.
P.S. I’m not knocking Goodspeed, who put in the work to make the graph, or Klein, who went to the trouble of finding it. I’m just saying that in the ideal world, an irrelevantly alphabetized graph would JUMP OUT OF THE PAGE as something not quite right, in the way that a typo or grammatical error does now. But, hey, my job is education, right? So here’s my try.
P.P.S. Howard Wainer has called this the Alabama First error and wrote an article on the topic in Chance in 2001.