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Saturday, October 13, 2007

  Keep the online polls

I have never seen a sorrier looking crop of presidential candidates than 2008's.

I have never seen such overwhelming evidence of media bias.

I have only once before seen an American economy so poised on the brink of self destruction.

I despise the current situation in America so much that I have packed my bags and left the country. Shortly, what little money I have to my name will exit with me. I know a lot of people that feel this way, and if they weren't buried by mountains of debt, they'd leave, too. I try not to care anymore, but America is my homeland, after all, and I think this election will make or break the country.

In a nutshell, the treatment of Ron Paul's Republican candidacy demonstrates everything wrong with America.

Paul has won, sometimes by outrageous margins, nearly every online post-debate poll conducted to date.

The result? Every major news outlet has stopped reporting on the results, citing vague allegations of probable spamming and fraud on the part of the Ron Paul supporters. One (CNBC) even stopped their poll in the middle when the results were going 75% in favor of Ron Paul. 30+ thousand people voted in MSNBC's poll, and Ron Paul won by an 85%+ margin.


OPEN LETTER TO THE MAJOR NEWS MEDIA ABOUT ONLINE POLLING


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I don't see what the complaint is here.

If the 75% is an accurate reflection of how folks are going to vote, then what's the problem?

If not, then we get to wait until after the election. Does anyone expect otherwise?
 
I did not assert that the numbers were accurate. I did assert that an investigation into how polls are done.
 
The problem is how the entire debacle is framed. As we know, those of us who have been around for a while, the debates are framed by folks who have no interest whatsoever in who is in fact the most popular. The whole system is geared toward the pundents.

It won't matter one whit if Ron Paul (the people's choice) wins every democratic popularity contest if he isn't on the ballot.

Consider, the 'machine' seems to be backing Giuliani for the Republicans, and Clinton for the Democrats. Paul ain't even in it.

Now, if Paul can carry the republicans, he can most certainly carry the independents and that's that. End of story However, the Republican party has no control over him. Paul is a true old-school republican, and there is no neo-con in the man. No one in power wants this man anywhere near the whitehouse. No one.
 
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