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Over the past couple of weeks, we've been inundated with stories in the mainstream media trumpeting some variation on the idea that, "It's all over, Obama's reelection is inevitable, Romney has a much tougher path to 270 electoral votes" and so on.
For instance, last week in a national poll conducted by the University of Connecticut,
52 percent of those polled in the national survey say the president will win re-election, while 27 percent say it will be Romney.
UConn poll director Jennifer Necci Dineen said that prediction could influence turnout, which will be crucial in the contest.
“That’s the X factor for Obama right now,” Dineen said in a statement. “If Democrats can convince voters that Obama’s re-election is inevitable, Republicans who are less enthusiastic about Romney are more likely to stay home on Election Day.”
Dineen, a faculty member in the university’s Department of Public Policy, said the poll also gives the president higher marks on trustworthiness, issues affecting women and those impacting the middle class.
Conservatives immediately took to social media to question this new and obviously coordinated attack from the mainstreamers. As noted by John Nolte at Breitbart.com,
On Saturday, Politico launched The Inevitability Narrative, citing -- per the Politico norm -- unnamed sources in the Romney campaign who all but said: Bring out your dead; Ohio is lost! Bring out your dead; Ohio is lost! And of course, if Romney can't win Ohio, he can't win the presidency.
Have you ever noticed which unnamed Romney advisors these Politico cretins always quote? Yeah, it's always the Bring out your deaders!
So Politico leads the tank brigade and naturally the rest of the Obama-worshipping media jumped in their own tanks to follow along in order to inform us The Election Is Over. And then, just like that -- Voila! -- The Inevitability Narrative was borne from nothing more than a typical and expected post-convention bounce.
Of course, the conservative blogosphere destroyed the argument, quickly and thoroughly, by revealing the massive Democratic skew in the cited polls that were used to support the coordinated campaign in the media:
... oversampling Democrats is simply part of an effort to create an air of inevitability for Obama's reelection. Its a narrative the media is desperate to foster. But, at some point, even a well-crafted and coordinated narrative has to face reality. The electorate will absolutely be less Democrat than it was in 2008. Pretending otherwise will just make for a more surprising morning on November 7th.
Nothing could be more obvious than the deliberate coordiation designed to depress voters on the right annd undermine the enthusiasm gap that is clearly in the favor of conservatives.
Now comes a fresh line of attack from the leftist media. This week's tactic ignores presidential polling altogether. They are now trying to convince us that the Democrats are likely to hold their majority in the Senate. Josh Kraushaar, in National Journal, went so far as to predict no losses for the Dems in the Senate AND that Obama would be reelected:
At the beginning of the year, it was hard to envision Democrats holding a Senate majority, given both the Republican-friendly landscape of states contested and the expectation that there would be many competitive races in battleground states. Not only have Democrats held their own in the solidly Republican states, but Republicans haven’t been able to threaten seemingly-vulnerable incumbents, like Sherrod Brown, Bill Nelson, Debbie Stabenow, and Bob Casey. (Shockingly, Sen. Jon Tester could reasonably be the only Democratic senator to fall.)
There’s enough uncertainty, and enough races still in play, that Republicans could still muster a net of four or five seats. But those prospects are looking dimmer by the day.
Interesting that he notes Sherrod Brown seeming to be safe, since last weekend Josh Mandel told a crowd of 7000 at the FreePAC event in Cincinnati that the latest polling shows him tied in the polls with Brown.
I'll leave it to the reader to determine the legitimacy of the latest manufactured claim.