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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-10-08 07:07 PM
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22. It's occurred to me one goal might be to discredit the polls
Edited on Thu Jan-10-08 07:10 PM by starroute
In other countries, the fairness of elections is generally measured by how closely the results compare to the polls, particularly the exit polls. If Americans can be accustomed to accept that even a 17% turnaround is within the margin of error -- or of last-minute changes in sympathy -- then the polls become useless as an indicator of fraud.

I can see a clever manipulator -- say, for example, somebody safely retired to Texas with the initials K.R. -- laughing up his sleeve as he calmly and dispassionately manipulates the Democratic primaries in whichever direction will confound the pollsters, knowing that whoever wins the nomination now is irrelevant compared to the outcome in November.

I can also see there being no manipulator -- just an anomalous polling situation -- but even that sets up certain assumptions that can be used against us the next time there really is a stolen election.

In either case, we need the results looked into *now* -- while there is still some hope of getting to the bottom of things and before the meme of the unreliability of polls can sink into the public consciousness.

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