The lead story in today’s L.A. Times claims on Page A1:
National polls suggest the race is a tossup. In presidential contests, though, the trick is stringing together victories in enough states to clear a 270-vote majority in the electoral college
It’s true that some national polls have the race as a tossup. But at least one very respectable polling organization has released some startling polling showing McCain waaay ahead. We’re not told that on the front page.
On Page A10, we’re finally told a little more of the story:
In the face of these obstacles, Republicans see it as a victory of sorts that the race is as competitive as it is. Indeed, several recent polls show the race as close to dead even, and a USA Today/Gallup Poll survey made public Monday showed McCain ahead among registered voters, 50% to 46%.
OK, fine. I’ll say it, since you guys won’t.
When that news hit, I wondered how it would be portrayed. I ultimately concluded it would likely be ignored entirely.
I hate to say I told you so (actually I love to), but I told you so.
And as DRJ already reported, the Gallup tracking poll has had McCain with a five-point advantage for two days now.
More honesty, please.
P.S. The L.A. Times article adds: “If the map were a roulette table, Obama would be dropping chips all over.”
Yeah, and if Obama were a cow, he would be dropping chips all over.
And y’all at the L.A. Times would be following him around with a Hefty bag and a giant shovel.