November 3, 2008

I understand that McCain campaign manager Rick Davis has a responsibility to go out there and paint things in the most positive light possible for his candidate. But there's a difference between "spin" and flat out denying reality. Davis on FOX News Sunday this morning illustrated this dementia quite profoundly.

Let's take a look at one of Davis' claims, and how it stacks up against the actual polling numbers.

Davis: The race is tightening in the Southwest and McCain is structuraly tied in Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico."

Reality: In Nevada, Barack Obama leads in the last eight polls, with a margin between 4 and 12 points.

In Colorado, excluding John Zogby's garbage internet polls, Barack Obama has lead in every single poll taken since the end of September. What's more, the most recent PPP poll has him up a staggering 10 points.

And in New Mexico, Obama leads in every poll since the second week in September. The last four polls average out to a 10.5 Obama lead.

Now, it's possible (although higly unlikely) that all these polls are wrong. But that's not the point. The point is that Rick Davis is permitted to go on television and pull "facts" out of his ass with no retribution. The McCainiacs can delude themselves all they want, but shouldn't it be the responsibility of a "legitimate" news organization to call foul on such blatant lies? Perhaps Davis is relying only on internal polls are Karl Rove-type "math". If that's the case, all that stands between Barack Obama and the presidency is some solid GOTV. Do your part.

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