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Wednesday, October 15. 2008
Pic: In a mighty show of strength, presidential candidate John McCain pushes back against the media's unbridled adulation of Barack Obama, gaining precious micropoint upon micropoint in the latest polls. "It looks like it's evening up," said Team McCain spokesman Jim Gunther. "Give or take."
The last of the presidential debates is on tonight at 9 Eastern. If anything, the burden is on McCain, as he's the one who claimed he'd 'come out swinging' in tonight's
(McCain strapping on 6-gun)
"Reach for the sky, ya dirty var-, ouch! Damn war wound!"
"Ooo, I'd never touch a nasty gun like that! How icky!"
It doesn't look to be purty.
For more not purty things, including me saying some really not-purty things about polls, please... make that purty please...
Today's question is, have you ever actually thought about polls? And who it is that's taking them?
Let me ask you a few basic questions:
Let's say Barack Obama picks a senator with many years of experience as his vice-presidential running mate. Are you now suddenly going to vote for Obama? Probably not. A VP pick shouldn't be enough to sway your vote — you're primarily voting for the president.
Let's say John McCain then picks a fresh face for his VP position, a real go-getter with a good track record. Are you suddenly going to vote for McCain? Probably not, and for the same reason.
Okay, let's say Obama gives a terrific speech at the Democratic Convention. Because of the speech, does he now have your vote? Probably not. Not over just one speech, hopefully.
Then John McCain and his VP pick both give rousing speeches at the convention. Do they suddenly have your vote because of just two speeches written by some of the best speechwriters in the world? Let's hope not.
None of these events will cause you to change your vote, because one of two things is going on:
These are the types of people taking these poles, and the actual fluctuation of each candidate's daily rise and fall comes from the people in the second group. Obama gives a big speech on racism, he's got their vote. McCain promises to lower gas prices, he's got their vote.
Suddenly, Obama (1) makes headlines because he was there when they pulled the little girl out of the well and (2) makes headlines when he's given an honorary degree at the prestigious Boston Globe University, and he suddenly leaps ahead in the polls by two — count them — two precious micropoints!
"MCCAIN CAMP TAKES FATAL HIT!" screams the New York Times.
I'm picturing something like this:
"NEW POLL: MCCAIN TEETERS ON ABYSS!" screams the New York Times.
Of course, if Palin and (fill in blank) win this thing, they'll be talking about nothing but polls for the next century. "How could they have been so far off? How, tell us, how?!"
Of course, personally, I don't care if the polls are 'accurate' or not. I think 60% of the voters are going to say they're voting for Obama on the way into the booth, 60% of the voters will say they voted for Obama on the way out, and Sarah Palin and old (fill in blank) will win with 60% of the vote.
I like round numbers.
As I've noted before, I think we're going to see all kinds of unprecedented things on November fourth. Besides the obvious, like voting for a black person or a female, I think we'll see an enormous number of lies surrounding the event. The guys will be voting with their hormones and telling their wives afterward that of course they voted for Obama, females of every race will feel like "it's now or never" when it comes to breaking the glass ceiling (no matter who does it!) and likewise will lie to their spouses afterward...
And everybody will lie to the press.
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Dr Mecury, Nice post, and a great pic. Lots of symbolism there. That's me Beldar, Knight of The Crossed Ewes trying to hold back the forces of evil. ( creeping socialism, and bigger Govt. in our lives) I know I am not alone in this fight and I feel the force of many at Maggie's Farm cheering me on. I was sad to hear yesterday that a lot of people want to run away if Obama gets elected. NOT ME! I'm staying and fighting and I'll fight these dirty marxist little tree rats anywhere. I'm not budging an inch.
Meta, eat your heart out. This is as close as you'll see me in a loin cloth. I 'm out of that nunery and I'm in a fighting mood :)
oooh, Jappy. That is a very scary photo of you. I changed my mind about the loin cloth in favor of a Maidenform minimizer bra.
Or are you the little one and Doc the one with the man-boobs?
I reckon you're the big guy considerin' you aren't budging an inch.
Meta - Obviously, you know very little about professional wrestling. Those aren't man-boobs, they're muscles. Jeez, Jappy -- them wymyn sure don't know anything about sports, huh?
Marianne - The meme we're going to have to promote should the Exalted One win is that we can't fall into the same I-Hate-The-Prez! moonbattery that the Angry Left has exhibited over the past eight years. I don't want to see us inherit the title of 'unhinged'. I believe Rick Moran has already written on it, and hopefully other big-name bloggers will, as well.
The question is whether or not the right-wing bloggers will have the gumption to police themselves; to soundly castigate a R/W blogger when he comes unhinged and posts some hateful invective-ridden anti-prez screed. Personally, I don't think they will. Like the left wing, the R/W bloggers are pretty tight and loathe to criticize their own.
"Those aren't man-boobs, they're muscles." Are not. They're udders.
You are correct - I know nothing about wrestling and don't want to know. ew.
Meta - Your "man-boobs" theory is udderly ridiculous. We're not playing tit-for-tat here, nor going for a cheap titilating joke. I think you should make a clean breast of it and admit you're trying to milk this situation for all its worth.
Piffle, Doc. Bosoms are made of adipose tissue. That man is adipose tissue writ large. Extry large. I wonder if he can make his tatas swing in opposite directions? While he's mincing atop a bar allowing patrons to stuff dollar bills in his thong. I like the rolls twixt his thighs. mmmm mmmm! How do they win a match? Suffocate their opponent in a nipple stranglehold?
Meta, I'm the little guy, sorta like David against Goliath. You big Helen of Troy! : )
Japs - I'm sure she'll be delighted at the honor of being compared to one of the great beautiful women of history. Now, every time we see the word "Meta", the above image will spring to mind.
Way to make friends, big guy. :)
Un unh, Doc. Every time we see a great big guy with gargantuan man-boobs, we'll think of you and your obdurate refusal to admit those luscious orbs flop when you trot.
Thank you, Jappy. I like the Helen of Troy ref. She was so naughty. But she had a great big horse and sat high atop that pony with such majesty no one would ever guess her mama was a goose.
For Doc: Ciao Belly! :}
Me, I'm clinging bitterly to my guns and convictions, Dr. M. Already made up my mind months ago, although I am appalled at the recent revelations about the extent of voter fraud being planned and executed by ACORN and the Forces of Evil. I've been watching those buggers pull this off since the 2004 election.
And if the Evil One wins, I'm not leaving town and quitting the country either. I'm fighting back with my little arthritic hands in every way possible. If you see a little old lady in tennis shoes with an American flag on a pole nested in her navel and her 'house gun' in her hand, that will be me.
McCain seems tired and unable to break out of his lifelong habits...something he has to do to make a radical difference tonight.
Stop reading the stupid polls! Polls are just another form of nefarious disinformation spread by our radical left opponents to demoralize the troops on the front lines. The results on November 4-5 are going to stun these pollsters, they'll have to re-write the book on campaign polling.
Meanwhile, keep up the good fight, especially you swing staters against those ACORN fraudsters. McCain-Palin look hopelessly beaten at the top of the stretch but like the old warrior Kelso was always able to do, they will go by Obama-Biden at the 1/16 pole and will win going away at the wire.
The race is just beginning and don't you think the Obama Campaign doesn't know it! This is where the race is won or lost and they are a helluva lot more vulnerable than McCain is at this point, and they know it. They keep hoping the clock runs out before the other shoe drops....
oohhh. Just what I needed to hear. I'm in full agreement with you, GMP, but I get so discouraged!
Ahead in the polls is nice, but it's the vote stealing in the key states that counts in the end.
McCain’s been on ‘Press the Meat’ more often than any other candidate. He’s experienced with the table format, plus his 5’7” frame looks more imposing when seated. In the ensuing Keynes vs Mises battle of ideas, the goliathian ‘power of government’ will meet the davidesque invisible hand ‘death touch’. Right?
Okay, both will beg from the wings, wiggle to the middle, then play the government power center when elected and the media will wind up kissing the ass with the most cash. But one can dream cant they?
"...then play the government power center..."
I think Obama will be played by the government power center if he's elected. His hour upon the stage facing adoring audiences will be replaced with four years of having to listen to the 'feds' tell him if he does this or that, he'll bring the economy to a standstill. Even if he defies the smartest guys in the business, in two years time, it will come home to haunt him.