On February 17, 2010, White House officials again refused to comment on the Facebook phenomenonCan This Goat Get More Fans Than Barack Obama?
In just 11 days Goat has added over 224,000 fans and is adding additional fans at the rate of more than 1,000 per hour.
The phenomenon is not limited just to Facebook. There now are Goat Tee-Shirts, Goat Bumper Stickers and Goat Posters being sold at various internet sites. On the Facebook fanpage, most Goat fans post comments and it is clear that a majority intend to support Goat in any potential presidential run.
And Goat indeed Is a Goat. Though no formal campaign organization has been announced, many fans of Goat already are pushing various Vice-Presidential candidates. One earnest supporter has suggested former President Millard Fillmore complete with the campaign slogan "because one's dead and one's a Goat". Another group is angling to have a dead squirrel round out the ticket.
One highly placed White House insider commented on condition of anonymity: "…oh goddamn, yeah, we know some goddamn Goat apparently is planning to run against us and already appears to have field operations in each of the 50 states. We know Obama's been losing some support, but this is a goddamn Goat. How the hell do you think we feel about it?"
At this writing it's not known if Goat plans to seek the Democratic Party or Republican Party nod, run on some third party ticket or as an independent. As yet Goat has granted no interviews and no news conference is scheduled.