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They Want You to Think the Election is Over
Rush ^ | October 1, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh

Posted on 10/01/2012 11:51:32 AM PDT by Kaslin


RUSH: Some shocking news in the Drive-By Media today. The election is over. Mitt Romney has lost. It's all over out there. Actually, that's not the case. The polls today are starting to tighten up exactly as predicted here. Now we're into October. The debate is Wednesday night. Have you noticed what's going on with this? The DNC and Howard Dean and a number of others... Even Obama himself is saying, "Mitt's a much better debater than I am."

They're really out there lowering expectations for Obama in the debate on Wednesday night, and he's got a tough task. I mean, the guy can do nothing but lie, which is what he does anyway. It's gonna be fascinating to me to see how Romney deals with that. Yeah, AP says that Obama has 271 electoral votes today. So I don't know why they're gonna do the debate. First, second, or third. Why are they gonna mess with it?

The election is over.

David Plouffe tells us the election is over. F. Chuck Todd says the election's over. David Gregory says the election's over. I don't even know why we do the election! But if you dig deep, you find things aren't necessarily so. For example, Rasmussen yesterday: "43% of voters are certain they will vote for Romney; 42% are certain that they will vote for Obama. The remaining 15% are either uncommitted or remain open to changing their minds."

So according Rasmussen, 43% are solid Romney, 42% solid Obama, and 15% yet to be persuaded. There's something else happening out there, and I don't want to make too big a deal out of this because I don't really know. But go back to the Univision appearance that Obama did. We put together that montage of questions from the Univision hosts, and they were the first real questions Obama has faced as president. They were tough. They were questions that bore into his failures, his un-kept promises and so forth.

One of the big ones was amnesty, illegal immigration. These people bore in. "But you promised!" And Obama did his usual song and dance and tried to blame it on other people and said, "You can't change Washington from the inside" and he knows that now. I got the impression when we put that montage together, and while watching that show and watching Obama on it, that I don't think he realized... I think Obama's ego, narcissism is such that he really believes that there is no problem after he shows up someplace.

There might be a problem when he shows up, but he magically -- just because of his presence -- takes care of any problem anybody might have with him just by showing up. And I don't think he got it. Now, I don't know about his staff, but I don't think he realized that those people were not happy with him. And then yesterday Univision did a thorough expose of Fast and Furious. They went further than any American network has gone, and they laid the blame on Holder.

Remember during that Obama appearance with Univision, one of the hosts asked him if Eric Holder should be fired, or made the statement that Eric Holder should be fired? And Obama lied about it. He said, "Oh, that started under the Bush administration." It didn't start in the Bush administration. Fast and Furious is an Obama-Holder operation. They conceived it and they put it into place. This Univision show last night was equally hard hitting on Obama and Holder over Fast and Furious.

And they made the point that it was Mexicans who died with American guns made possible by Barack Obama. Now, folks, we are never going to be told anything but that Obama owns the Hispanic vote. Just like he owns the black vote. And just like they tell us he owns the female vote. He owns the Hispanic vote. And I'm not trying to be dramatic about anything here, and I'm not engaging in wishful thinking. I'm just telling you what's in my gut.

Something is going on with this Univision coverage, and that is a huge audience. Univision, Telemundo, it's a huge Hispanic audience, and this report they did on Fast and Furious was anything but flattering for Obama. It was last night. Snerdley and the guys on the other side of the glass are looking at me with looks of utter ignorance on their faces. They think I don't know what I'm talking about. (interruption) This the first you've heard about this? That's my point.

But the Hispanic people who watched it, watched it. They watched it in droves, and they saw a treatment of Fast and Furious that they've not seen anywhere other than on Univision in the Obama interview, or Telemundo, wherever it was. I'm just telling you. It may be nothing. My instinct tells me that something's happening here. I'm not trying to be melodramatic about it. I'm just saying that the Hispanic vote may not end up being as automatic for Obama as the conventional wisdom has it.

Then you see the Rasmussen number. This is another little hidden thing. You know, the Drive-Bys discount Rasmussen because he's on Fox a lot, and they think Rasmussen is a conservative poll and therefore he's not qualified. He's not legitimate. They look at him the way we look at their polling. Except Rasmussen happens to be always in the top five and often at the very top in accuracy predicting presidential results.

This thing dribbled out yesterday morning: 43% certain to vote for Romney, 42% certain to vote for Obama, 15% uncommitted. The Drive-Bys have told us that it is so bad for Romney in Ohio that the only chance he's got there is to change committed Obama voters' minds. ABC has a story out today that's quite conflicting, and they've had to change their headline about this story.

It says two to one people think Obama's gonna win, but in their poll it's very close. Two to one Obama is gonna win the election! Two to one Obama's gonna win the debate! But in the poll, it is tightening. Then there's USA Today, and this is the enthusiasm gap. This is along the lines of how the media are oversampling Democrats. And have you noticed, by the way, the now predictable line: "Well, that means that they've lost, if Limbaugh and these people are now complaining about the polling.

"You only do that when you lose. When you know you're losing, that's when you complain about media bias. When you complain about polls and the sample, that's how they tell us that they know they're losing." That's what's being said about us. They can't get it through their heads that I don't think we're losing, and I don't think we're going to lose. This is simply where we are documenting what is unprecedented in this country.

Hell, Pat Caddell went to an Accuracy in Media conference over the weekend and basically said that the... And this is the Carter, Jimmy Carter's pollster. He basically said that the American media has become an enemy of the people of this country; that it is derelict in its duty, in its constitutional duty. I have the sound bites. It's coming up. But speaking of the polls and how the media are oversampling Democrats, a USA Today/Gallup poll was released over the weekend, and it had this headline:

"Rich and Poor, Male and Female: What Groups Would Thrive Under Obama or Romney." But buried 13 paragraphs into the 16-paragraph USA Today story was this detail. Quote: "Republicans have opened a big enthusiasm gap. Sixty-four percent say that they are more enthusiastic than usual about voting compared to 48% of Democrats." Now, folks, I did the numbers. I ran the numbers on that. I got out a calculator, and I subtracted 48 from 64.

You know what I got? I got an enthusiasm gap of 16% pro-Republican, and that's in paragraph 13 of the 16-paragraph story in USA Today. "Sixty-four percent of Republicans say they are more enthusiastic than usual about voting," which makes perfect sense, "compared to 48% of Democrats." That's a huge story. But USA Today and Gallup don't think it's that newsworthy and they don't seem to think they should sample Republicans accordingly.

If there's a 16% enthusiasm gap that your own poll turns up, what are you doing sampling Democrats plus-nine or plus-ten? Anywhere! Ohio, Florida, what have you. Now, let's go back to 2008. Back in 2008, Gallup had no problem whatsoever reporting to the world the huge enthusiasm gap that the Democrats enjoyed back then. From Gallup, October 13, 2008, four years ago:

"Democrats' Election Enthusiasm Far Outweighs Republicans -- Only 51% of Republicans say that they are more enthusiastic about voting than in previous years compared to 71% of Democrats, marking a shift from October 2004." So there was a 20% enthusiasm gap in '08 in the Gallup poll for Democrats. That's now become a 16% gap for the Republicans, and it's in paragraph 13 of USA Today's story. Back in 2008 it was the lead. This is a massive gap. I mean, add the numbers.

It's a 36% shift here in enthusiasm. You notice that the Republicans won in 2004 "when enthusiasm was about the same for both partisan groups." So what would you expect the outcome to be when the enthusiasm for Republicans is up by 16? No, no, that's not in USA Today. I'm just extrapolating now. I know what happened back in 2004. So Obama wins with a 20% enthusiasm edge, and yet we're supposed to believe that Romney is sure to lose with a 16% enthusiasm edge?

And when the Republicans won in 2004 when it was equal? Nope. Nope. Once again, no false optimism here, no artificially being positive or any of that. I'm just telling you what is.


RUSH: Now, we mentioned also that there's a Washington Post/ABC poll that's out today. That's the poll that claims that, by a two-to-one margin, people think Obama's gonna be reelected. It also says that Obama is gonna mop the floor with Romney in the debates. But here's their latest question: "Who would you rather see as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, (Obama) or (Romney)?" That's the kind of stuff that they put in their poll -- Who would you rather see on Dancing With the Stars? -- and they'll extrapolate that.

Now, we've told you before about this outfit Public Policy Polling from North Carolina. They're a big, big liberal bunch. They say that Ohio isn't over, that it's still neck and neck in Ohio. "PPP's newest poll of the Presidential race in Ohio finds Barack Obama leading Mitt Romney 49-45, down just slightly from a 50-45 advantage on our last independent poll there three weeks ago." Now, it's October.

This is the point in time where the polls do start to tighten up because now is when the pollsters start really being concerned about how they finish in terms of predictions and accuracy and all that. But Public Policy Polling says right here in their own release: "It's a mistake to think based on recent polling in Ohio that the race there is over. Obama is not popular in the state, with 48% of voters approving of him to 49% who disapprove.

"Among voters who remain undecided there just 13% think he's doing a good job to 65% who give him poor marks." Now, can I run that by you again, and emphasize to you that Public Policy Polling has Obama up over Romney 49-45? Keep that number in mind. It's just outside the margin of error: 49-45, Obama over Romney. However, he's "not popular in the state." Forty-eight percent of voters approve of Obama; 49% disapprove.

Yet, PPP says he beats Romney by four. "Among voters who remain undecided," and there are a lot of them, "just 13% think that Obama is doing a good job to 65% who give him poor marks." I'll tell you something else, a dirty little secret about polling. Undecided voters, the majority of them always go for the challenger. That's why they're undecided. If they're undecided, there's something wrong with the incumbent. That's just human nature and common sense.

The pollsters don't want you to know that, but the majority of undecideds always end up going with the challenger. The Democrat oversample in the PPP poll is 5%. He's ahead by four in a Democrat poll in Ohio. This is the same state where last week ABC or NBC, I forget which, had him up ten or 11 in Ohio. And they said it was over. That was CBS/New York Times. I take it back. That was Quinnipiac or Marist. It was with CBS 'cause it was Jan Crawford of CBS who said (summarized), "Well, this is over. There's nothing Romney can do."

Last week they had Romney finished, cooked, so don't even bother voting in Ohio. So this is the week. This is the week, folks, that our bipolar pollsters are saying the race is getting tighter. Public Policy Polling -- they don't like it when I say this, but -- is practically a Democrat front organization, and they're saying that this is trending toward Romney in Ohio. So we'll see. There's still a lot of time left to go and a lot of things left to happen, and the polls are gonna be a roller coaster (as is the news each and every day).


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1 posted on 10/01/2012 11:51:35 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Is that Count Chocula’s October Surprize?

2 posted on 10/01/2012 12:15:02 PM PDT by Leep
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To: Leep

“Count Chocula”

Bahahaha! Now that is a new one! We really need a separate thread to list all the nicknames that have been made up for Zero and Manchelle!

3 posted on 10/01/2012 12:21:10 PM PDT by Batman11 (We came for the chicken sandwiches and a Sweet Tea Party broke out!)
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To: Kaslin


Perhaps I missed it, but it seems to me that an insightful poll would be to take a random sample of 2008 Obama voters and report their intentions for the upcoming election.

4 posted on 10/01/2012 12:22:00 PM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: Kaslin

I have a question for you fellow FReepers. When the chair has gone out on the campaign trail, has he been appearing with other dem candidates for the House and Senate?

Remember how about a dozen dems did not even go to the DNC convention? If this election is truly over (as the MSM is saying) then all the dem candidates would want the chair to campaign with them for the benefit of coat tails.

What have you been seeing on the campaign trail?

5 posted on 10/01/2012 12:24:24 PM PDT by TMA62 (Al Sharpton - The North Korea of race relations)
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To: TMA62

Bingo. Can you imagine any dipsh*t in the MSM asking this question during their silly roundtables?

6 posted on 10/01/2012 12:34:30 PM PDT by TJ Jackson
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To: TMA62

You’re right.

“O” is too toxic... even for them!

7 posted on 10/01/2012 12:37:46 PM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Kaslin

Polls are a waste of time. Just pick your favorite candidates, support them and vote for them on election day.

Leave the rest to God. His will shall be revealed soon enough.

8 posted on 10/01/2012 12:41:18 PM PDT by Tau Food (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: Kaslin

The link below is a time machine going back to October 2004 when many of the maggot infected mediots and their knee pad pollsters were declaring Kerry would be president:

They were wrong then and now!

9 posted on 10/01/2012 12:42:02 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (We are the 53%, who pay taxes and keep this country going inspite of the 47% rat moochers!)
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To: Kaslin

I would like to think that thousands of dead relatives back in Mexico mean more to Hispanic voters than Obamaphones and food stamps. But dang it, I just don’t know.

10 posted on 10/01/2012 12:52:46 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Kaslin

Now I absolutely 100% WILL give you they want you to think it’s over. That much is clear. But that “the polls are skewed” thing is just so much idiocy. Doesn’t mean they can’t change. Doesn’t mean Romney can’t win. But skewed? No. They are not.

11 posted on 10/01/2012 1:54:41 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: RIghtwardHo

I don’t think they’re intentionally skewed. Most of them just show a 2008 election model, with a D+8 advantage.

I don’t see that.

12 posted on 10/01/2012 2:09:51 PM PDT by Jaguarmike
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To: Kaslin
If they're undecided, there's something wrong with the incumbent. That's just human nature and common sense.

The corollary is that if they stay undecided, there is something wrong with the challenger.

13 posted on 10/01/2012 2:19:07 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party: advancing indenture since 1787.)
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To: Kaslin

Huffy Post said same thing. I can’t wait to send this asshat an email saying how wrong he is.

14 posted on 10/01/2012 2:47:55 PM PDT by muwarriors92
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To: RIghtwardHo
But that “the polls are skewed” thing is just so much idiocy. Doesn’t mean they can’t change. Doesn’t mean Romney can’t win. But skewed? No. They are not.

You keep showing up on every Poll discussion, offering the same ridiculous claim of the MSM's objectivity...

Any poll that is conducted for political effect is skewed toward its desired outcome. That is why political campaigns pay for their own "internal" polls that are commissioned to tell them to unvarnished truth. Any observer can tell by the two campaigns' behavior that there is a major disconnect between (a) the media-sponsored polls that we hear about every day, and (b) what the campaigns themselves are obviously learning from their pollsters. Behind the Democrats' public bluff is the strong fecal smell of panic.

You don't have to be an expert to see that any poll which projects a Dem/Rep/Ind turnout mirroring 2008 is highly skewed toward Obama. The economy still stinks, fewer than 50% of Americans approve of Obama's performance, and there is a decided lack of enthusiasm among Democrats compared to Republicans this year. So do you really expect the D/R/I turnout to be the same as it was in the euphoric 2008 Obama election -- the high-water mark of Democrat turnout? That's the model upon which the pro-Obama MSM polls are based. So unless you believe 2010 never happened, that underlying model is skewed.

15 posted on 10/01/2012 3:07:51 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Batman11; Leep

I see him more as Noah Count Chocula.

16 posted on 10/01/2012 6:09:03 PM PDT by RipSawyer ( m)
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To: jonno

That is one poll you will never see done by those who are claiming an Obama lead. It would likely show a large percentage of 2008 Obama voters planning to jump ship and vote for Romney or just sit out the election. On the other hand no McCain 2008 voters other than a very few blithering idiots are going to vote for Obama this time.

I didn’t support Romney in the primaries but I think that at the worst we have a candidate no better than we had in 2008. The rats, on the other hand, have a very faded rose, a lost messiah, a clown whose familiarity has bred contempt, a house guest who has stayed too long, a fascinating story teller who has turned out to be only a long winded liar, a stage performer who has taken far too many uninvited bows, a leader who can only claim to know where he is taking us if you assume that his original intent was to lead us to hell. When your worst fear is that he really meant it when he said that we have tried his way and it worked it takes an idiot to vote for him again.

17 posted on 10/01/2012 6:32:40 PM PDT by RipSawyer (Free healthcare is worth FAR LESS than it costs.)
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