Since His Imperial Majesty likes rambling on and on about fake, skewed polls and what they’re intended to achieve by the ones publishing them, why not explain ourself a bit and, in the process, point out at least one possible unintended consequence of the Obamamedia trying to game the system in this fashion?
Yes, we know, you’re probably already a-twitter with excitement faced with the prospect of yet another endless stream of consciousness published by His Imperial Majesty, but try to contain yourselves…
First of all, the “influence turnout by massaging the numbers” approach is a two-edged sword. Why is this? Because of the theory behind it. The goal is, we should point out, NOT to make dyed-in-the-wool, hardcore conservatives stay at home on election day. That’s simply not possible. People like you and ourself are going to turn out and vote no matter what. We’re the hardcore “exercise your right no matter what” zealots who understand that our right to vote is one of the most important, if not THE most important right that we have. We also understand that if we fail to exercise that right, then we automatically forfeit our right to bitch about the result.
We’re not the target.
The target is the group of voters who definitely lean in one direction, in this case Palin/Whassisface?, but aren’t particularly committed. In real life terms, they’re the ones who will definitely go vote if the race seems to be close, but if it’s a foregone conclusion then, “oh well, why bother? It’s not all that important and, at any rate, we’re busy at work these days and all of that absentee voting hassle is really too much if my vote isn’t going to make a difference anyway.”
On our side, that demographic would mainly be blue-collar and lower middle class voters who are quite busy making a living and, let’s face it, voting does mean taking time out from other chores in a day that is already too short to go stand in line. If you’ve become convinced that the outcome is pre-ordained and that your vote isn’t going to make a lick of difference, then why cram another obligation into an already stuffed schedule?
So what’s the silver lining? The silver lining is that the other side has a demographic like that too. More importantly, part of that demographic is the notoriously fickle “youth vote” that the Democrats keep trumpeting every election season, yet we haven’t seen them actually show up to vote yet.
They, being young and generally less obsessed with issues of sweeping, national import than with having a good time, are extremely vulnerable to the “why bother?” factor. Only in their case, it’s not because of demoralization, it’s because of overconfidence. Why take time out from such vital pastimes as playing WoW, banging your girlfriend or huffing on your bong if it’s already “in the can?”
Whether the Obamamedia’s strategy will backfire more than it will achieve remains to be seen, but it’s important to remember that there is a flip side to that coin as well.
Bottom line: It comes down the “leaners.” If you know anybody who fits in that category, people who really, generally do like Palin/Whassisface? better than the ObaMarx but aren’t truly committed to the whole thing, then it is vitally important that you make them understand that their votes, no matter what the polls say, really DO count. If ObaMarx wins, then those who didn’t vote will have no right to complain about the consequences. Also remind them that we have men and women overseas fighting and dying for their right to cast that vote.
It’s really not that much to ask that they exercise that right to show their appreciation for their sacrifices, even if it all seems “hopeless” to them at this point.