People are poking fun at Mayor Pete for complaining about the Des Moines Register/Selzer poll – apparently one of his supporters was called and the polltaker left Pete’s name off of the survey. The Register ended up pulling the poll.
Though it is almost comically on brand for Pete to ask to talk to the manager, I’m fine with it. CNN was planning an hour long show (!) to unveil the poll, which has been billed as the “gold standard” for Iowa. Nothing but good can come anytime a ridiculous horserace ritual like that one gets torpedoed, as far as I’m concerned.
Asking poll questions is about as bad a job as there is — as the old joke goes, the bad pay makes up for the terrible hours. I’ve been polled a number of times and I often have to (politely) ask them to repeat questions as they rush through them, mispronounce common names, and generally have trouble reading the questions. I’m sure any of you who have been polled are not shocked that “Buttigieg” was left off of the long list of candidates once or more.
In other media news, I don’t think anyone posted about the Politico story that the DNC was scheming to re-instate superdelegates and do other things to ensure that Bernie wasn’t elected. As Josh Marshall pointed out on Twitter, 6 of the 447 DNC members were sources for that story. Fuck all of them, individually and separately, but it was only 6. This was simple shit stirring on their part, facilitated by Politico. I’ll outsource a full critique of that idiocy to Steve M.
I regularly drive by a restaurant that advertises “all you can eat sushi”. I do like sushi, but I will never eat there, for the obvious reason that, with sushi, cheap and good don’t belong in the same sentence. I don’t read Politico for similar reasons, perhaps minus the possibility of diarrhea. What Politico will accept as the basis of a story is of the same quality as the tuna in an all you can eat sushi diner – that is, anything that will amp up drama and get them clicks. If a story from Politico pops up in my Twitter feed, I make sure that other media outlets I trust have done some original reporting on it.