Spreading Santorum: The Commodification of Public Opinion, Part 5

What is that, Santorum?

I know. I had to skip parts 2-4 because this was just too good to pass up. For the last several weeks, the commercial outlets who sell what little information we have about what is going on in the world have been all aflutter about which mindless numbnut is leading the Republican Primary caucus race in Iowa. First, caucuses aren’t popular polls, and it’s a primary–which means party only. Getting a bead on who is going to win something like this when you have roughly five equally popular unqualified candidates (and one guy who is qualified who hasn’t a chance in hell) is impossible. Instead, what we have seen are competing bullshit polls, each touting the rise and fall of one after another candidate. These come out daily.
So, some beltway bandit firm (Defined in Part 2) hooked up with either a “nooze” outfit or a political party or action committee supposedly did a “survey” of “voters”. On Tuesday. between 3pm and 6pm. The survey supposedly has a “margin of error” which they erroneously identify as a function of the number of people who eventually answered their questions, on Tuesday, between 3pm and 6pm, on a landline telephone. And, sure as shit the 600 people they happened to contact on Wednesday don’t have the same preferences as the 600 some other dipshit bandit group supposedly corralled on Monday. No shit. They’re getting maybe a 2% response rate….and sampling from a totally bogus frame. The only good thing is that in Iowa among Republicans they probably all have land lines.

What was really cool was how Santorum spread like a thin veil of contaminated lubricant all over Iowa. Of course, that was after Newt was king, and Romney made his mark. Of course, it looks like Ron Paul will be the winner….and since he didn’t buy any beltway bandits and isn’t loved by Rupert Murdoch there where no polls saying that Ron Paul was going to take Iowa….No, they liked  the spread on Santorum.

Update: Santorum all over Romney’s behind, with Ron Paul licking at Santorum.

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4 Responses to “Spreading Santorum: The Commodification of Public Opinion, Part 5”

  1. schmielt Says:

    Excellent summation at the end!

    “The only good thing is that in Iowa among Republicans they probably all have land lines.” HA!

  2. Hagan Says:

    D- Out of curiosity, which is the guy that is qualified? I am assuming Huntsman, but just wanted to get your line of thought on it.

  3. James Sweet Says:

    Yeah, I snirked at the landline comment too.

    I was going to ask if he meant Huntsman. I’m not so sure he’s qualified either! Truth by told, I guess I would say Romney is more or less “qualified” (to the extent that any modern president is), even though I very much hope — against the odds now, I think — that he will not be our next president.

    The various Not Mitts are so bad it’s actually kind of hilarious.

  4. darren Says:

    Yeah, I think Huntsman is basically qualified, and I guess Romney might be as well–he’d turn the country into Argentina even faster than Newt!

    It all goes back to the racist Republican response to Obama’s election. They put in Steele as a figurehead just because he was black, and they didn’t give him any power (he could have done the job, he wasn’t allowed to). As a consequence, a line of bullshit grifters wound up clogging their ticket. If the Repugs had a strong party head, they could have coalesced around a stronger candidate. I’m so glad they didn’t!

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