It is indeed interesting how so many American’s are quick to bestow labels of grandeur upon some in our society, particularly our politicians. In reality, this only creates a scenario where it becomes impossible to live up to the hype. See Barack Obama. This tendency might be more telling in that too many of us are waiting for the hero to sweep in and save the day, hence, the easy way out.
A little tip, put your faith in a politician and you will be let down.
If America is going to emerge from these troubled times a better nation, it will because of you and I, the citizens of this country, getting engaged in the political process and establishing standards of accountability for our elected officials. To quote the great exalted Obama himself, “we are the one’s we’ve been waiting for”!
Alan Grayson, Free Tips On How To Poll Your District
Rep. Alan Grayson might want to call his polling people over to cash in on a few tips.
After Sunshine State News released its poll of the CD 8 race between incumbent Democrat Grayson and Republican challenger Dan Webster, Grayson – either naive or desperate — issued a press release, challenging its accuracy and validity.
The poll, incidentally, put Webster ahead of Grayson by 7 points.
In a nutshell, Grayson claimed the Oct. 26 poll was out of whack because a) too few Democrats were polled in a district in which Republicans are in the minority and b) Voter Survey Service discounted voters under age 45, “a strong group for Grayson.”
Sunshine State News commissions Voter Survey Service of Harrisburg, Pa. to conduct its polls. Jim Lee, president of VSS, was gracious enough to explain the art, or science, of polling in CD 8.
Grayson, Lee said, “does not understand the difference between ‘registered’ voters and ‘likely’ voters. Consider the following points:
“1. Our ratio of Republicans and Democrats sampled (46 percent Rep – 40 percent Dem – 14 percent Ind.) is correct because it reflects the historical model of likely voter turnout in this district based on the most similarly held election, that being the 2006 general election, which also featured a contested race for both governor and U.S. Congress.
“We do not dispute the fact that the Republican registration is 38 percent, but it is a proven fact that Republicans turn out at a higher rate than Democrats in this district.
“In fact, Republicans even outvoted Democrats in this district’s 2008 election for U.S. Congress by a 41R-39D margin, which was generally regarded as a ‘high water mark’ election for Democratic turnout because of the concurrent presidential election.
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