September 18, 2004

It's hard to be "classy" in this degraded age...

Kaus points to this item in the 9/17 ABC Note:

The best example of how degrading it can be to be a political reporter: USA Today 's classy Susan Page forced to write up the Gallup poll/joke "showing" the president with a mythical 13-point lead for the front page of her paper — thus suggesting Gallup's 2000 track record of wild swings might be replicated this cycle.

(Question it gives rise to: What's the real margin? A. 5-6 points, with Bush holding small- to medium-sized (surmountable) leads in most of the important battlegrounds.)

I tend to agree that the Gallup Poll is an outlier.

But one is "degraded" by having to report a Bush lead? Oh baby, that's rich. She's degraded by contact with nasty Republicans? If that's the case, Miss Classy, I hope Bush wins 50, and is close in the District of Columbia. 'Cause then you will really feel "degraded." Something like being dragged behind a chariot while the crowd throws rotten vegetables.

Degraded. Egad.

Posted by John Weidner at September 18, 2004 7:57 AM
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