"John McCain, very recently the Republican nominee for president, has come out and said, basically: Cruz, you're out to lunch. These polls are real. You got to stop blaming the ref. And you're beginning to look ridiculous. We have to accept reality. The Wall Street Journal-NBC poll is probably the most respected poll in the country. It's always been where it is. And it gives information to both parties. And there's McCain saying yes, yes."
The same line was repeated by reporters going on -- and on -- and on -- and on. Oh, the games Washington plays.
Matthews failed to note that the "bipartisan" poll his network buys came from Democrat Fred Yang and Republican Bill McInturff, a longtime pollster for ... John McCain.
McInturff delighted liberals by calling the poll result "an ideological boomerang." He told his clients the poll was "consequential," but then he wrote this regarding the next elections: "This type of data creates ripples that will take a long time to resolve, and there will be unexpected changes we cannot predict at the moment as a consequence.
"From a Republican perspective, there is comfort, though, that the next federal election is a year-plus away. Whether it be the impeachment vote in early 1999 or the use of force votes about Iraq, there have been episodes people assumed would drive the next election, but those votes/events were so far from the election they simply were not a factor by the next election."
Translation: There is no there there.
There is more.
There was questionable sampling: Democrats were 43 percent of the sample, compared to 32 percent Republicans. There were 9 percent more Obama voters than Romney voters (44 percent to 35 percent), while Obama only won by four points. In fact, most incredibly, in this poll, fully 20 percent of the respondents said they or a family member work for the government (federal, state or local). This is known as stacking the deck.
The media and liberal Republicans want to take the GOP back to the glorious Nixon-Ford era of the 1970s, transforming the tea party into a fringe element and shredding the party platform as meaningless. Or perhaps the destination is 1968, when every rational Republican knew the future would be bright with Richard Nixon or Nelson Rockefeller, and not that California man who could never win: Ronald Reagan.