During World War II, American soldiers in the Pacific listened to Radio Tokyo and other English-language programs on Japanese-run stations.
Servicemen wrote home that “Tokyo Rose,” who was actually an amalgam of several female broadcasters, played American music and taunted them in a seductive voice about wives or girlfriends cheating on them.
Although a case against Japanese-American Iva Toguri D’Aquino as “Tokyo Rose” eventually fell apart, leading President Gerald Ford to pardon her on Jan. 19, 1977, “Tokyo Rose” is synonymous with propaganda designed to demoralize.
In fact, she’s an apt metaphor for the current propaganda campaign of misleading polls and pundits who claim that Barack Obama is coasting to victory.
“Give up now,” she soothingly coos. “It’s all over but the counting. Barack Obama is a shoe-in. That rich, insensitive Mitt Romney? Not a chance.”
For weeks, polls have shown President Obama in the lead, especially in battleground states like Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. Maybe he is, maybe he isn’t. In 1980, most polls right through October had incumbent President Jimmy Carter up by a few points over Ronald Reagan. On Oct. 26, Gallup had Carter up by three points. On Oct. 30, the Washington Post had Carter up by four points. The New York Times proclaimed it a dead heat on Election Day. Reagan beat Carter in a landslide.
Canny political veterans like Dick Morris are warning us that these so-called scientific polls are weighted toward Democrat respondents and that a more objective count would paint a different picture.
Many polls seem to defy common sense. A Washington Post telephone survey released this week claims that more registered voters in Florida (49 percent) trust Mr. Obama “to do a better job” than Mr. Romney (45 percent) of “dealing with the federal budget deficit.”
Under Mr. Obama, federal debt has soared by an astounding $6 trillion. If and when Obamacare fully blooms, it will be trillions more. Do these voters really think Mr. Obama is the fiscal hawk in this race?
Sixty-one percent in Ohio say that Mr. Obama would do a better job “dealing with social issues like abortion and gay marriage.” In 2004, 62 percent of Ohio voters approved a marriage amendment. Ohio has a large Catholic population, many of whom are appalled by Mr. Obama’s unconstitutional order to Catholic hospitals to provide abortifacients, contraceptives and sterilizations. Who’s answering the phone?