The Water Cooler: the polls could be wrong

McCain got it right on one thing when he said: “Hold onto your wallets” if Mr. We Know Nothing About (aka Barack Obama) gets elected president. The whole “Joe the Plumber” thing is newsworthy because Obama told poor old Joe “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” They call that SOCIALISM where I come from.

The Water Cooler is an occasional feature of talking points about politics.

By Chris Ingram

• John McCain got it right on one thing when he said: “Hold onto your wallets” if Mr. We Know Nothing About (aka Barack Obama) gets elected president. The whole “Joe the Plumber” thing is newsworthy because Obama told poor old Joe “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” They call that SOCIALISM where I come from.

• If McCain’s poll numbers were any lower he’d trip over them – or they’d call him President Bush. But hold on a minute folks. I’ve been conducting political opinion polls for ten years and polls can be wrong. Remember the 2000 election? All the “exit polls” said Gore would win. How about the New Hampshire primary? All the polls said Obama would beat Clinton. He didn’t. Oh, and remember Dewey defeats Truman? These polls are but a snapshot of the electorate. They’re part science and part art. The only poll that matters is the one on Election Day.

• John McCain was on Fox News Sunday yesterday. He looked like a president. He didn’t raise his eyebrows or make any goofy gestures as he did in last week’s debate.

• Also on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace grilled McCain on a new robo call (you know those annoying 30 second recorded phone calls you get about 15 times a day the week before an election). Wallace asked about a McCain campaign robo call that focuses on William Ayres, the “former” terrorist who is an Obama buddy.  This guy is a real piece of work and it is important for voters to know that he’s an Obama associate. What’s the old saying – you are the friends you keep? But the McCain campaign doesn’t get it.  He and his campaign should not be talking about this issue. He should leave that issue to others as no one having trouble paying their mortgage cares about Ayers. They want to know McCain’s plan for a brighter future.

• Don’t discount John McCain’s chances for victory. He’s a fighter. Five years getting beaten up in a Vietnamese prison will make you that way. The media, the polls, and the pundits all wrote McCain off in 2007 when his campaign was imploding and it is possible (but not probable) that he could do it again. 

• Obama packed over 100,000 people at a rally in St. Louis last week. Amazing!

• The establishment crowd made up of the liberal national media and the insiders in Washington, D.C. are anti-McCain and pro-Obama. Why? Because McCain is a threat to their way of life which is predicated on large amounts of government revenue (taxes), and spending. Remember, these are the same people who got us into the current financial/economic mess we’re in. Don’t trust them when they say we need “change.” Its code for what they’ll leave in your pocket.

• John McCain looked great on David Letterman last week. Where was the real John McCain when the debates were going on? Oh, and Letterman looked like a complete jerk. You can still see it on YouTube.

• The music that comes at the end of John McCain’s TV ads (when he says “I approved this message”) is eerie. It reminds me of something from Poltergiest and seems out of place.

• Did you know Obama broke his promise to take federal matching funds for the General Election? On top of that, he’s raised a gazillion dollars and is spending money at a record pace that will probably top a half a billion dollars. If Obama were a Republican this would be front page news of the New York Times every day with stories about how he is “buying” the election. But alas, Obama is a Democrat and the New York Times is a liberal paper most suitable for wrapping mullet or lining a kitty litter box. Who says there is no media bias?

• Go Rays!

Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of http://www.IrreverentView.com. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, Front Page Florida, and National Review online. E-mail him at: Chris@411Communications.net.

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