Diane Sawyer: “A few busloads of people can change a Congressional election”

posted at 1:55 pm on November 2, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Via my good friend Jim Vicevich, let’s see if we can hear the dog whistle in this clip from ABC’s election coverage.  George Stephanopoulos runs through the generic ballot numbers in the final WaPo/ABC poll and sees a nine-point flip from registered to likely voters, for a final 4-point Republican lead.  Diane Sawyer then suggests how easily that, er, some folks could change the elections:

Jim says the message is loud and clear: “Calling all unions! Calling all unions!”  But the problem according to Gallup’s more reliable numbers isn’t really a lack of turnout among Democrats, it’s the massive size of the expected Republican and independent turnout that will make the difference.

Let’s talk about that WaPo/ABC poll, too.  The registered-voter sample used in this poll had a 10-point skew to the Democrats, 37/27/32.  Their likely voter model has a D+3 advantage, 34/31/30, a model that comes closer to overall party affiliation than any sort of likely-voter model in this election.  As a result, this poll almost certainly will badly underestimate the Republican turnout.

Even with the WaPo/ABC thumb on the scales, though, Obama’s approval rating in their likely-voter model is 46/52, with a 42/55 on the economy.  Likely voters give a +13 to the desirability of a Republican takeover of Congress, 44/31.  If ABC thinks a few busloads of voters will change the fundamental direction of the midterms, then they’re engaging in fantasy and desperation instead of analysis.


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What is up with BUSSES and democrats?

HornetSting on November 2, 2010 at 2:41 PM

They ride the short bus.

Badger40 on November 2, 2010 at 2:45 PM

The buses won’t move. Too many people under them.

The Mega Independent on November 2, 2010 at 2:51 PM

“We’re gonna need a bigger bus”.

Sefton on November 2, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Is it just me or does Diane Sawyer always look like she just sucked a lemon.

Bevan on November 2, 2010 at 2:56 PM

There are strong indications of voter fraud and theft in Southern West Virginia and Southwestern Virginia. Money is everywhere on the streets. Almost all of it is union money.

Jdripper on November 2, 2010 at 2:36 PM

That’s par for the course around here (SW VA). It’s not that long ago that free liquor and/or cigarettes could be seen going from union and dem operatives to some of the most unfortunate folks hereabouts. I am not surprised in the least, although my polling place appeared to be working as intended and within the law this time.

hillbillyjim on November 2, 2010 at 2:57 PM

There are strong indications of voter fraud and theft in Southern West Virginia and Southwestern Virginia. Money is everywhere on the streets. Almost all of it is union money.

Jdripper on November 2, 2010 at 2:36 PM

P.S. It’s also not been that long ago that the Sheriff’s Dept. was waist-deep in the sludge; they’re still part of the county Dem. ‘machine’.

hillbillyjim on November 2, 2010 at 2:59 PM

The Dems ARE running a bunch of pantload candidates so perhaps this is fitting . . .

NoDonkey on November 2, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Did she just turn on the SEIU signal on the roof? It’s kinda like the bat signal except instead of a bat it is an outline of a fat guy and the bulbs can only be replaced by union members.

jeffn21 on November 2, 2010 at 3:01 PM

The problem is…we aren’t going to give the keys to the bus…he has the keys to the car, we have the keys to the bus…

right2bright on November 2, 2010 at 3:05 PM

He changed his vote from Murlaska to Miller because of the whole Fagan/KTVA nonsense.

portlandon on November 2, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Which turned out to be a lie. FCC closed down fagan for cussing.. again.

upinak on November 2, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Sure it was.

portlandon on November 2, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Having a post on HA all about her is the most relevance this woman has had in several years.

Keemo on November 2, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Good old ABC . . . never stops pimping for the left.

rplat on November 2, 2010 at 3:41 PM

The buses won’t move. Too many people under them.

The Mega Independent on November 2, 2010 at 2:51 PM

LMAO!

Badger40 on November 2, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Be the wave, wash the turds out of office … A wave too big to cheat, will take a lot more than a few bus-loads,

tarpon on November 2, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Sure it was.

portlandon on November 2, 2010 at 3:17 PM

I don’t listen to Fagan. But I remember when he said something like feeding fat people to starving people in Africa, which would help the obestiy epidemic. Which was interesting because the man weighs 350 or so.

He is not right in the head. He has been suspended before. And he has a nasty habit of chasing women… even when they say no.

upinak on November 2, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Diane Sawyer is a Behar… George is too.

DANEgerus on November 2, 2010 at 3:59 PM

The buses won’t move. Too many people under them.

The Mega Independent on November 2, 2010 at 2:51 PM

LMAO!

Badger40 on November 2, 2010 at 3:47 PM

That is one big a$$ speed bump!

upinak on November 2, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Diane Sawyer is a Behar… George is too.

DANEgerus on November 2, 2010 at 3:59 PM

Vulgar language, yet accurate.

hillbillyjim on November 2, 2010 at 4:07 PM

pper on November 2, 2010 at 2:36 PM
hillbillyjim on November 2, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Speaking of SW Virginia, you reminded me of the “Pork Rinds for Votes” scandal of 2004.

A number of other voters were transported to and from the polls on election day, Sharrett said, and he was supplied cash by Cooper to stop at a local convenience store to treat those voters to cigarettes, beer or “pork skins,” giving credence to the rumor that at least some voters got bought off by a bag of pork rinds, if that’s what they wanted.

That happened in my hometown so I kept track of it. I haven’t lived there in 25 years.

Brat on November 2, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Brat on November 2, 2010 at 4:10 PM

That sounds about right. I’m in the middle of the “fightin’ 9th”, if that tells you anything.

hillbillyjim on November 2, 2010 at 4:15 PM

hillbillyjim on November 2, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Yeah, the 9th – Boucher’s district – that’s where I’m from. He’s been in office since before I moved away from there!!

Where are you exactly?

Brat on November 2, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Dem 49% to the Red 44%? Who is this Red Party?

reddevil on November 2, 2010 at 4:29 PM

In this case, a “few busloads” will not be enough.

unclesmrgol on November 2, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Where are you exactly?

Brat on November 2, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Castlewood.

hillbillyjim on November 2, 2010 at 4:34 PM

So much for unbiased news staff…

zoyclem on November 2, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Of course a bus load of voters can make huge difference… Dead voters…

Just ask JFK…

If they get a good % of their dead base out… That would be the difference…

Bus loads of dead Dem voters have been making a difference since the 60′s…

Y314K on November 2, 2010 at 4:41 PM

hillbillyjim on November 2, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Ah, beautiful area as is all of SW VA. My stepmother was from Castlewood, she lives in Lebanon now. And I have some distant in-laws that still live there.
I only get up there once or twice a year now, mainly to Bristol or Big Stone Gap to visit my mother-in-law.

Brat on November 2, 2010 at 4:47 PM

C’mon Diane! Bus rentals aren’t cheap. And then there’s paying for gas for the busses when they go from polling place to polling place so the unioneers can vote at each one.

Then there’s feeding the college kids, purple shirts, and homeless people that vote for who the Dems tell them to. Multiple votes per person can mean multiple meals per person. At least that’s what Boxcar Bennie should be holding out for if he’s smart.

rihar on November 2, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Ah, beautiful area as is all of SW VA….

Brat on November 2, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Have you ever been to The Breaks?

hillbillyjim on November 2, 2010 at 5:00 PM

I’m guessing Diane Sawyer doesn’t wax.

moochy on November 2, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Love the smell of desperation coming through the MSM TV screen.

Diane – don’t grovel – SO UNBECOMING!!

fred5678 on November 2, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Have you ever been to The Breaks?

hillbillyjim on November 2, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Oh yeah it is awesome, but it’s been a while – last time was, hmmmm, let’s see, 1988 or 1989.

Brat on November 2, 2010 at 5:09 PM

At least Hannity et al don’t lie about their preferences on TV. All the libs pretend to be impartial.

scotash on November 2, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Have you ever been to The Breaks?

hillbillyjim on November 2, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Oh yeah it is awesome, but it’s been a while – last time was, hmmmm, let’s see, 1988 or 1989.

Brat on November 2, 2010 at 5:09 PM

They’ve got a hotel now in addition to the cottages and the campgrounds. The restaurant still serves soup beans and cornbread, with the rest of the down-home fare.

The Grand Canyon of the South is just about right. Simply breathtaking.

hillbillyjim on November 2, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Stuff like this REALLY makes me dislike the LAMESTREAM media…

Khun Joe on November 2, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Come on all you dead people, arise and vote!
freaking shameless.

wi farmgirl on November 2, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Did she just turn on the SEIU signal on the roof? It’s kinda like the bat signal except instead of a bat it is an outline of a fat guy and the bulbs can only be replaced by union members.

jeffn21 on November 2, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Pretty freaking funny.

wi farmgirl on November 2, 2010 at 5:58 PM

I am reminded of Democrats letting hundreds of school buses go under water during Katrina as opposed to using these vehicles to save some lives. Democrats = FAIL.

kh6zv9 on November 2, 2010 at 6:29 PM

kh6zv9 on November 2, 2010 at 6:29 PM

It ain’t about governing.

Just like union and gov’t jobs frequently aren’t about working or producing anything .

It is just a crazy shadow play to them. Characters change, reality changes, people speak in nonsense and do irresponsible things.

Just look at our last two POTUS candidates. Scary.

IlikedAUH2O on November 2, 2010 at 7:54 PM

To quote mayor Ray Magin…

“you’ve got to be kidding me. This is a natural disaster. Get every doggone Greyhound bus line in the country and get their asses moving to New Orleans.”

The man’s a prophet…
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RalphyBoy on November 3, 2010 at 3:05 AM

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