The Utility Of Word Limits

By Jesse Taylor
Saturday, September 20, 2008 19:38 EDT
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This is the longest, angriest, least coherent way I can think of to say “I think Gallup changed their party ID numbers, because I huff glue.”

You see, if you look at Barack Obama’s support for the past week as compared to other weeks, it’s gone down in many ideological groups – he would have lost support! And up through the 18th, he’d gained support! Devious Gallup motherfuckers!

Except that if you look at the linked page which determines support by ideological subgroup, it ends on the 14th, not the 18th. Which, of course, means that we need to look back to the 14th…which, of course, was when Obama was actually behind McCain.

In fact, there’s no reason why there’d be data for the 18th, because it’s released weekly…and the last release would have been for the week ending the 14th. Stupid explain that part of the post…outright crazy explains the rest of the rant about how a liberal troll on their site will lose the election for Barack Obama.

There’s also this John Podhoretz classic in which he uses a poll of New York Jewish voters with an eleven point margin of error to show that there’s been a sea change in this election. Given that a poll of a group of people with an eleven point margin of error pretty much only shows that said group of people exist, either Podhoretz is under the impression that Jews just gained the franchise, or he’s a functional political illiterate. I’ll take whichever is more likely to get me accused of anti-Semitism, please.

Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor is an attorney and blogger from the great state of Ohio. He founded Pandagon in July, 2002, and has also served on the campaign and in the administration of former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. He focuses on politics, race, law and pop culture, as well as the odd personal digression when the mood strikes.
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