Reality, how does it work? According to Public Policy Polling, a mere 49% of Republicans believe the welfare-rights organization ACORN stole the presidential election for Barack Obama, a 3% decline from 2008. Of course, ACORN ceased to exist in 2010, but being dead only gave it an advantage in getting deceased voters to the polls, according to most Republicans.
ACORN was not the only non-existent thing to poll well yesterday! Another poll from PPP found 39% of Americans with an opinion about the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction plan. That compared favorably to the 25% of Americans who had an opinion about the Panetta-Burns. Which does not exist. It's a made-up proposal created by PPP, sadly not named after Montgomery Burns, but after Leon Panetta and former GOP Senator Conrad Burns.
It's surprising Panetta-Burns didn't poll even better. A real deficit reduction plan always calls for tax increases and spending cuts. A mythical deficit reduction plan cuts taxes, increases spending and also solves America's trade deficit by promoting the export of unicorn sweat. Who wouldn't favor that?
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Tags: ACORN, Deficit, Polls, Voter Fraud
Have you heard? The Florida State GOP came up with an ingenious and devious plan to win the Sunshine State for Republican candidate Mitt Romney this past election? Just listen to this bit of Machiavellian brilliance…
Republican leaders said in proposing the law that it was meant to save money and fight voter fraud. But a former GOP chairman and former Gov. Charlie Crist, both of whom have been ousted from the party, now say that fraud concerns were advanced only as subterfuge for the law’s main purpose: GOP victory.
Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Jim Greer says he attended various meetings, beginning in 2009, at which party staffers and consultants pushed for reductions in early voting days and hours.
"The Republican Party, the strategists, the consultants, they firmly believe that early voting is bad for Republican Party candidates," Greer told The Post. "It's done for one reason and one reason only. … 'We’ve got to cut down on early voting because early voting is not good for us,' " Greer said he was told by those staffers and consultants.
Unfortunately, they forgot the most important part of the plan: winning. Barack Obama received 50.01 percent of the state's vote to Romney's 49.13 percent.
Ugh! So close, Florida Republicans. But you've got to remember the last part of the plan was the most important part. Actually, strictly speaking, it was the only important part. You can make poll lines as long as you like, but if your candidate loses, the plan kinda didn't work.
Just remember that for next time maybe.
Tags: Florida, Voter Fraud, Voter Suppression
In an alternate universe, Nate Silver is a broken man. He has not showered or shaved in weeks, and his teenage-quality mustache is just now starting to show. He sold his bed and now uses unsold copies of his books to sleep on. Clinging to sanity in a room whose walls are filled with calculations, he screams into the cruel night, "Where did I, the boy wizard of numbers, go wrong?!"
In that same universe, Dean Chambers — creator of UnSkewed Polls – is still making the talk show rounds. Bill Maher has recanted, is becoming a conservative and planning to marry Ann Coulter and raise a brood of the smuggest babies imaginable. Chambers can finally afford to upgrade his website so it no longer looks like it was created in MS Paint. He is not only a new conservative icon. He is a math genius. And an American hero.
But we are in this universe. And in this universe, Dean Chambers has officially lost it…
Tags: Nate Silver, Polls, Voter Fraud
For months, Democrats have been arguing that voter suppression by Republican state legislatures and election officials represented a much greater threat to democracy than the non-existent problem of voter fraud. Unfortunately for liberals, Republicans have been doing a pretty good job of proving them wrong, by engaging in said voter fraud. In the process, they've developed a novel legal defense that, I believe, will transform the criminal justice system.
Tags: Nevada, New Mexico, Republicans, Voter Fraud