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Politics : Foreign Affairs Discussion Group

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To: Michael Watkins who wrote (150852)11/3/2004 12:30:40 PM
From: michael97123  Read Replies (2) of 281500
A couple of political comments.
1. Think that this election was a modern version of 1948. Polling blew it then big time but the vote count of mostly paper ballots was far slower and it too until morning for the unpopular President Truman to defeat the effete Tom Dewey.
2. My first election i remember was 1960. I remember cronkite and huntly/brinkley. When they called a state, it stayed call. In all subsequent elections with the exception of florida last time polls have been accurate. Early polling showed kerry wildly ahead. Personally i think there will be an investigation. I think the exit polls were rigged. They assumed 60/40 women to men among other obvious flaws. It might have the medias last best effort to elect kerry, something they have been trying to do since the election began.
3. Enter dan rather and cbs. They were making great calls before all the other network until it became obvious that ohio would give kerry the election. Then dan spent hours talking to ed bradley and bob shieffer on how kerry was still in it. Never did he mention or even care about the popular vote.
4. Get rid of the electrical college--the third rail of american politics. One man one vote. The end.
5. Forbid the release of exit polls before the polls close. News people and pols cant be trusted to keep this quiet. I saw Ted Kennedy on Wolf Blitzer at about 8pm. He looked and sounded like the election was won. Wolf had to admonish him that viewers were watching and they had a secret to keep.
6. Jeff Greenfield and Larry Sabatow are the only talking heads worth listnening too. They are honest and accurate. Greenfield said last night to wait for the investigation of the exit polling firm. Sabatow recommended that the networks withhold payment of their bill.
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