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Twisting the Internal Polling Knife

BernieGall Wrote: Nov 13, 2012 3:31 PM
How can you work off of "rock-solid data" when your entire worldview is predicated on denying what is self-evident, whether the subject be climate change, the effects on gov't revenue of tax cuts for the wealthy, evolution, etc.? If the rock-solid data doesn't fit with your ideology, it's the data that you're going to throw out, not the ideology. In short: rock-solid data? You can't HANDLE rock-solid data.

In light of the revelation that Mitt Romney was "shell-shocked" by his loss last week, I've been pretty tough on the job performance of his campaign's internal pollsters, who clearly missed the mark -- resulting in costly tactical decisions down the stretch:

These analyses [of the "expand the map" strategy] make sense, but only within the context of the campaign truly believing that they were safe in other crucial must-have states -- a cataclysmically wrong assumption. When I stopped by Romney headquarters in Boston back in September, Newhouse said his team was anticipating a...