It looks like almost every major poll shows Barack Obama leading Mitt Romney in the presidential race, with Obama over 50% in three essential swing states. That has some well-known conservatives quite verklempt. Verklempt to the point of claiming that the polls have been manipulated by liberal media determined to throw the election to President Obama. Verklempt, in one instance, to the point of starting a new website that claims the real numbers show Romney up by nearly 8 points. These folks think even Fox News is skewing its polls for Obama. Yeah, right.
As Obama’s lead grows, so does the number of conservatives who claim polls in general are biased and cannot be trusted. Similar to their dismissal of fact-checkers who flagged lies in Romney’s ads and Paul Ryan’s convention speech, conservatives are now claiming the media outlets that conduct the polls are attempting to discourage Republicans from voting by falsely tipping the polls toward Democrats.
Seems to me Republican voters who really want Mitt Romney to be president would see these polls and be doubly determined to vote for their guy. Why would the media want to skew the results anyway? A foregone conclusion wouldn’t do much for ratings. They want a horse race; it keeps eyes glued to the page and screen.
So. Why are conservatives going down this path? I don’t think they really believe respected polling organizations would deliberately report flawed results. That leaves a couple of options:
They know they’re going to lose, but they think they can de-legitimize Obama’s reelection with constant whining about media bias.
Or they’re ginning up the whole “the polls are skewed” meme because they’re counting on voter suppression efforts to turn the tide. Should they succeed, we will, no doubt, be subject to much self-righteous crowing that they were right all along.
That prospect alone should encourage every good Democrat to help get out the vote.