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According to the denizens of the rabid right, the polls are all wrong and the election is controlled by a nefarious plot to cheat Mitt Romney out of an election he would win easily if things were on the up and up.
That’s the message from the bowels of righteous right Republicanism these days.
“I believe if the election were held today, Romney would win by four or five points,” Dick Morris claimed on Fox News last week. Morris predicted Romney would win Florida, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
But don’t polls show Romney trailing in all four states?
That’s all part of the plot, Morris says.
“People need to understand that the polling this year is the worst it has ever been,” he added.
Rush Limbaugh, whose relationship with reality is tenuous at best, says the polls are driven by the grand conspiracy.
Said Limbaugh to his listeners last week:
They are designed to do exactly what I have warned you to be vigilant about, and that is to depress you and suppress your vote. These two polls today are designed to convince everybody this election is over.
To bolster their fantasies, the Romney partisans flock to a laughable web site — unskewedpolls.com — which alters the final results of polls by adding more Republicans to the mix and giving the GOP candidate a mythical lead.
So Limbaugh cites the skewed polls as fact. So does Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the tea party favorite who flamed out in the GOP primary.
Then they use the Internet to spread their falsehoods as fact.
Professional pollsters tell Capitol Hill Blue that this strategy is insulting to those who poll for a living.
Republican polls Bill McInturff, a respected pro whose partner is Romney’s pollster, says the number one job of any good pollster — Democrat or Republican — is to “get it right.”
“It’s the Prime Directive of pollster survivial,” he adds.
Just another example of how the “Information Superhighway” is — in reality — just the “misinformation cowpath.”
And that cowpath is littered with a lot of bullshit.