PPP: We didn’t believe our own Colorado recall election poll, so we spiked it
posted at 11:09 am on September 12, 2013 by Guy Benson
Jim Geraghty asks the obvious question: What else haven’t they been telling us? Skewed:
Tom Jensen of the Democrat-campaign affiliated polling firm, Public Policy Polling: “We did a poll last weekend in Colorado Senate District 3 and found that voters intended to recall Angela Giron by a 12 point margin, 54/42. In a district that Barack Obama won by almost 20 points I figured there was no way that could be right and made a rare decision not to release the poll. It turns out we should have had more faith in our numbers becaue [sic] she was indeed recalled by 12 points.” It’s a free country, and if PPP doesn’t want to release a result, they’re free to eat the costs and keep a survey result to themselves. But the rest of us are free to wonder just how “rare” it is for PPP to not release a poll, and what other results they’ve withheld from public release.
As for the twin upsets themselves, Erika has already thoroughly mocked Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s fever-swamp paranoia about “voter suppression,” or whatever — but there’s another, totally-predictable element to Democrats’ denial and excuse-making:
“Tuesday’s low turnout was a result of efforts by the NRA, the Koch brothers, and other right-wing groups…”
Those infernal right-wing moneybags strike again. Except…which side spent more money on the races? (Spoiler: it wasn’t even close):
Senate President John Morse and state Sen. Angela Giron lost their seats in the state’s first-ever legislative recall election, despite the support of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, hundreds of ground troops from groups like Organizing for America, and a 7-to-1 spending advantage.
Here’s Charles Cooke, on how Democrats pulled out all the stops to beat back two local recall efforts — and failed:
By the end of the process, so anxious were the opponents of the recall that they felt compelled to rely heavily on Michael Bloomberg, who sent $350,000 to Colorado to fight the threat; members of Obama’s ground team were brought in to boost turnout, and even former president Bill Clinton was wheeled in at the last minute to try to tip the scales. None of it worked. This was the recall that never supposed to happen — let alone be successful. The nine men who set the ball rolling weren’t supposed to be capable of organizing a town hall, let alone taking down the state-senate president. And yet they did it. Victor Head, a plumber who had never been politically active, took down a senator in a district that went Democratic in 2012 by ten points; a group of six concerned men from the AR15.com chat room removed the state’s top-ranking legislator. “We are a quiet people,” recall founder Tim Knight told his victorious friends when the results became known at the Stargazers Theater. “You may be tempted to ignore us. Clearly, that would be a mistake.”
It was a mistake, and the gun control lobby suffered a stunning double blow. Which is why shell-shocked Democrats are reduced to muttering about “suppression” and the Koch Brothers.