Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Ignore the Exit Polls

Mark Steyn has some important advice for this election day- advice that Republicans should be sure to spread far and wide-

So remember: In about 15 hours or so the rumors and leaks are going to start – It’s an Obama landslide! Exit polls show him winning North Carolina by 15 points! In Vermont, McCain will be the first major party candidate not to break into double digits…

It’s all rubbish. Exit polls skew Dem. In 2004, they overstated Kerry’s support by 5.5 points. Which doesn’t sound a lot. But, given that there were only ten states where the margin of victory was less than 5%, that was enough to make Kerry briefly appear the winner. The point of all the afternoon leakage is to depress turnout in the Florida panhandle and points west. Don’t fall for it.

In an ideal world the media would be banned from conducting exit polls, particularly ones which depress voter turnout. Can you imagine the outcry from Dems if this kind of polling favoured Republicans and was used to convince Democrats not to bother to vote?

Obama has explicitly promised to make electricity prices sky-rocket, he's vowed to bankrupt an entire industry, his statements on taxes lately have been sliding down from $250,000 to $120,000 (and before this campaign got under way he swore to increase taxes on those earning $70,000 a year), he's promised to appoint Supreme Court justices who will rule not on the Constitution but on their own personal sense of fairness, and he's stated in no uncertain terms that he views the checks on government power initiated by the Constitution as an obstacle to his Marxist goals of redistributing wealth. And that's not even beginning to touch on his lifelong associations with anti-American radicals- including a terrorist who conducted a bombing campaign in an effort to overthrow the US political system and install a communist dictatorship in its place. I've covered all these stories and more this election cycle while the US media has obfuscated Obama's true nature from the people of America.

Obama would be bad not just for America but the world- his policies will destroy the American economy and tumble the world markets, his foreign policy will appease dictators and terrorists causing an increase in aggression by the enemies of freedom and democracy, and his efforts to dismantle what America means will, perhaps irrevocably, dim the glow of the beacon of freedom that is the USA.

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