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Online Polls Swamping Bush

Thursday, 14 October 2004 12:00 AM

Have you been paying attention to these?

Have you voted and seen the constantly updating results?

In every one of these - and the vice presidential one, too - the results have Kerry swamping Bush. Often the margin is about 80%-20%.

Yes, pro-Kerry ‘voters’ are being directed by the Democratic National Committee and the Kerry Campaign to ‘vote’ on these sites in order to generate a positive ‘Kerry Wins Debate’ story for the next news cycle. That is obvious.

But here is something curious: Why aren’t the Bush Campaign and the RNC doing the same thing?

Why are the Republicans ceding this news headline to the Democrats and thus helping them create a positive ‘spin’ for Kerry?

As former Howard Dean campaign manager and Internet political guru Joe Trippi said last Friday on MSNBC, “The Bush Campaign boasts of having an e-mail list of 7.5 million supporters. Why aren’t those people ‘voting’ as pro-Kerry supporters are?”

Does this refusal of pro-Bush supporters to bother to ‘vote’ in these online polls presage a lethargy on November 2 when the real voting takes place?

That may be the significance of the Kerry online post-debate ‘victories.’

The passion differential is the key to this race: That is the difference between the white-hot anti-Bush forces versus the pro-Bush side.

Kerry is riding a wave of hatred/loathing/disdain/disgust of GW Bush that is causing unprecedented new levels of registration all over the country.

All accounts so far are of a disproportionate Democratic tide of new registrants for this election.

Logic tells us that the DNC and George Soros-paid-for registration effort will be followed by a massive and efficient get-out-the-vote effort on Election Day. Otherwise, why go to the expense and effort of getting new registrants at all?

This anti-Bush fervor is exemplified with the zeal with which these people hop online and begin ‘voting’ right after each debate.

Worrisome for the pro-Bush side is repeated ‘losses’ in these otherwise meaningless polls - coupled with a much less successful job of registering new GOP voters.

Indeed, there is inside the GOP base a certain small - but significant - fraction of previous Bush voters who will not vote for him this time. Just that subtraction of 1% or 2% of his 2000 vote could cost him the election this time.

That is why these online ‘polls’ may be a leading indicator of trouble looming on Election Day for the Bush-Cheney campaign.

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