On Polls: "Relax don't do it / When you want to go to it."

Wow! Lucid, succinct, articulate. He forwards no agenda, merely suggests we _think_. That is something I don't do enough of, probably none of us do.

Posted by chasmatic at September 22, 2012 5:51 PM

Thank you Gerard.

Posted by Scott M at September 22, 2012 6:54 PM

A lot of pollsters show up at my house, and reaming them a new sphincter has been the only source of joy this political season.

Posted by Jewel at September 22, 2012 7:43 PM

For "meaningless" polls, that's a lot of meaning!

Posted by RPF at September 23, 2012 4:10 AM

Those Democrats showing up to vote on Wednesday, Nov. 7 could be an encouraging bit of news, though.

Posted by David at September 23, 2012 5:52 AM

Those Democrats showing up to vote on Wednesday, Nov. 7 could be an encouraging bit of news, though.

Posted by David at September 23, 2012 5:53 AM

This is a very good essay. It is always good when a clear thinker throws some cold water on an overheated situation.

Posted by Lorne at September 23, 2012 6:23 AM

The "experts" pontificating on the political scene are suspect and annoying. Morris is the broken clock that's right twice a day. If you read all of his predictions he would definitely be Nostradumbass. Rove has definitely outlived his expiration date.
The ones that trip me out are Mary Matalin and James Carville. Supposedly they are vehement party advocates and activists for opposing worldviews. Their marriage reminds me of the sheepdog and the wolf cartoon. They beat the crap out of each other until the whistle blows and then punch out. "See you tomorrow, Ralph" "Okay Joe".
In reality the political class has its own nonenklatura , playing a kabuki theatre to keep the fat checks rolling in. They're all unprincipled blowhards running a scam.

Posted by bill at September 23, 2012 8:59 AM

All good advice. I just can't stand the fixation on polling, especially during presidential elections. Pundits and bloggers get desperate to know the future and obsess on polls.

There are a lot of good reasons to believe Obama will lose this election, no matter what the polls say or someone claims. But he could win, and its almost entirely out of our control. Show up, vote, and go home. You've done your duty and its in God's hands.

Posted by Christopher Taylor at September 23, 2012 10:35 AM

An extremely perceptive essay. I am sending the link to my family and acquaintances who are worried about November.

I added some thoughts of my own here.

Posted by Donald Sensing at September 23, 2012 10:59 AM

A quick search showed me that even CNN doubts the wisdom of having our votes counted overseas by the Spanish firm SCYTL:
SCYTL self-proclaimed the security of its systems, but when the machines were used in the District of Columbia, the University of
Michigan fight song "The Victors" was suddenly heard after the casting of each ballot. The system had been hacked by U of M computer teachers
and students, in order to demonstrate their susceptibilities.

The fix is in.

Posted by mjazz at September 23, 2012 6:29 PM

It is EXACTLY like 2004, except the parties have switched sides. Romney is John Kerry.

But that might be a good thing. All the shiite is going to hit the fan in 2014, and will land in Obama's lap. Of course what he does when the shiite hits the fan is another story.

Oh wait, the world is suppose to end Dec 21, so don't worry be happy.

Posted by Mike at September 23, 2012 6:37 PM

And here comes Mike the "Concerned Troll" popping in again to try to throw cold water on people supporting Romney and coming out in force to throw the Worst President Ever out of office, before he manages to, mostly via Executive Orders, ruin this country foreever.

I would add to Scott's excellent list: Ignore faux conservative or faux libertarian posters who come to conservative sites and spout bulls--t like "Romney is Kerry," or "Romney will just be Obama-Lite, so why bother," etc.

It's just an attempt by one of the Obamunist's useful idiots to try to discourage turnout.

Posted by southernjames at September 24, 2012 1:51 PM

Dick Morris, now of faux news, formerly Bubba Clinton's whore-mongering toe sucking slimebag apologist.

Posted by Tom Doughy at September 24, 2012 4:52 PM