by directorblue @ Doug Ross @ Journal: POLLING PROPAGANDISTS: The Walter Shapiro, Taegan Goddard and Doug Mataconis Edition Some hack named Walter Shapiro, using the time-tested approach of quoting "anonymous" GOP operatives, suggests that the Romney-Ryan campaign is losing Ohio and doing so in spectacular fashion. Check out this bit of nonsense, the rock-hard kernel of stupidity at the heart of the story. Maybe Romney isnt down by 10 points, they argue, but the GOP presidential nominee seems destined to lose by a solid 5 points and in closely divided Ohio that represents a loss of nearly landslide proportions. (That would mean that Obama would slightly improve his 2008 victory margin against John McCain.) Never mind that the most accurate poll -- Rasmussen's -- has the Ohio race locked in a virtual tie. Shapiro's absurd "reporting" was eagerly marketed by the usual propagandists -- including Taegan Goddard and Doug Mataconis -- as pure gospel. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8FSebOoCX...ZP_I03qg8/s400/120929-obama-iconography2s.jpg Now stop and consider just how deranged your thought processes have to be in order to believe this rubbish: Tea Party: you have to believe that the Tea Party never organized or simply disappeared into thin air The Debt: you have to believe that Obama's act of adding $6 trillion -- 60 percent -- to the national debt, which has resulted in the country's first credit downgrade, is wildly popular Unemployment: you have to believe that Obama's horrific unemployment record is a winning one 2010: you have to believe that the 2010 tidal wave election never happened Obamacare: you have to believe that spiking health care premiums and a huge number of employers who are dropping coverage have somehow transformed the Statists' health care takeover into a program beloved by the citizenry Foreign Policy: you have to believe that Obama's bizarre handling of the Middle East, now aflame, is popular Energy: you have to believe that Obama's war on coal -- a critical state industry -- is supported by the majority of Ohioans Illegal Immigration: you have to believe that Ohioans embrace illegal immigration and Obama's extra-Constitutional executive orders implementing the DREAM Act Obama himself: you have to believe that the known quantity -- a narcissistic, hyper-partisan,, hard Left demagogue -- is more popular now than the unknown candidate marketed by media as some sort of messianic, post-partisan cult figure If you believe any one of these things, it's possible you have some sort of neurological deficiency. And if you believe all of them, you might be a hapless propagandist named Walter Shapiro, Taegan Goddard or Doug Mataconis. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ES7EmB8K6...2niHPts/s1600/111014-scoamf-2012-sticker2.jpg The polls completely missed the 2010 landslide. And the polls have no freaking clue just how pissed off the American people are.