Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Read Between the Lines

After days upon days of unyielding and annoying news coverage of the Mark Foley sex scandal, seventy-two percent of independents, even more surprisingly fifty-one percent of registered Democrats, surveyed in the latest C-BS News/New York Times poll indicate that the story has made no difference in their decision on who they are going to vote for in the midterm elections.

Here is C-BS’s summary of the poll and the break down of the questions and answers.

Why is this? The answer is simple – these are midterm elections, individual state-by-state campaigns, not a national election or referendum. The only place in the country in which the scandal is going to have any direct effect is going to be Florida and that is due in part because of the asinine state legislature (even though a replacement has been selected, Foley’s name will remain on the ballot because the ballots have already been printed).

And don’t believe the (over)hype of the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll either. Despite their apocalyptic warning that a dramatic shift in the numbers have given the Democrats an edge going into the midterm elections, the authors neglect to acknowledge that over forty-one percent more Democrats were surveyed then Republicans. The break down, according to News Busters, was 38 percent Democrats; 27 percent Republicans, and; 31 percent Independents.

There is no liberal bias … I mean, uhh, pay no attention to the jackass … I mean, Dan Rather behind the curtain! Oh, I probably shouldn’t have said that either. Umm, uhh … what were we talking about?