Why Right-Wingers Need ‘Skewed Polls’ Conspiracy Theory for Romney to Win—And Even More If He Loses
It’s an all-bases-covered false narrative, one that could explain away either voter suppression or a devastating loss.
September 28, 2012

Karl Rove uses white board on ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ to illustrate his polling theory.

If you listen to right-wing pundits, the entire political science establishment, in cahoots with mainstream media, are circling their wagons around their favored candidate, and obscuring either the inevitability of his failure or a more sinister outcome behind a font of false information. The current polling numbers that show President Barack Obama pulling ahead of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney are cooked, they say.

It’s a laughable premise, of course — the media are hardly kind to liberals or Democrats — but this is no random theory dreamed up by an unhinged wingnut. It’s a carefully crafted narrative, and one that may hold the only hope Republicans have of winning the 2012 presidential race. Why? Because with an increasingly shrinking slice of the electorate undecided on its presidential candidate, the outcome of election 2012 will likely hinge almost entirely on which candidate gets to the polls all the voters who lean his way. Polls that depress the spirits of right-wing voters could easily depress their turnout, as well.

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