Monday, May 29, 2006

Note To Blogging Tories

I was going to comment on the joy in mudville over the Tories polling at 40% Rarely do I agree with rabid rightwinger Lorrie Goldstein, very rarely, in fact practically never, until he wrote this.

A word of advice for rabid Conservative partisans and charter members of the right-wing blogosphere.

Stop gloating over last week's Ipsos-Reid poll showing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives would win a majority government if an election was held today, with 43% of the popular vote compared to 25% for the Liberals.

Stop using it and other polls showing the Tories are up significantly from their election night support of 36%, while the Liberals are down from 30%, to thump your chest and smugly declare that whatever Harper is doing, it must be right.

You're being as foolish as rabid Liberal partisans and bloggers were last fall when the polls showed the Grits bouncing back from AdScam with a shot at a majority government.

Polls taken today mean nothing. If pollsters and pundits (present company included) could tell you what's going to happen in the next election based on polls taken now, none of us would be pollsters and pundits. We'd be bookies.


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