Vilsack Whines About Polls

Tom Vilsack is blaming the failure of his campaign to catch fire on undependable polls, which failed to capture his overwhelming support. He’s now mulling over which of his former competitors to endorse.

I would note that the polls failed to capture his support because it didn’t exist. There’s a line from a Sean Connery flick about fairness and prom queens that I would quote but I shall refrain in the interests of keepin’ it clean.

On a positive note, I’m sure his endorsement would drive perhaps seven or eight voters in Iowa, which could make a difference in that state’s idiotic caucus.

Steven Taylor has more thoughts, which he also expresses without profanity.

UPDATE: By popular demand, a link to the Connery quote.

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  1. Anderson says:

    Hey, at least *link* to the quote …

  2. Whenever I hear a politician claiming the polls are vastly under estimating his support, I am reminded of Walter Mondale in 1984. He spent his “get out the vote” funds in a series of rallies to try and drum up some enthusiasm. After all, where the campaign was at that time, ‘get out the vote’ wasn’t going to do it if there was not vote to get out.

    I remember his stump speech for the rallies claiming there was a vast unreported ground swell for his candidacy that the polls just weren’t measuring. It helped to buck up the morale of his base, but obviously the unreported support also failed to vote.