Over and over this week, I've seen polls cited, showing that 40%, 50%, 60%, 20%, 10% -- pick a number -- agree with a statement like the following:
"The Reverend Wright controversy has damaged Barack Obama's campaign."
I agree with that statement. I believe Rev. Screwy Von Nutjob has damaged Obama's campaign. However, it has not in any way changed my mind about Obama or about voting for him.
Think about it: even the most die-hard Obamaniac agrees it's damaged his campaign. But still plans to vote for him. Because the poll is essentially asking, "Do you think other people are stupider than you?"
And if you hate Obama? Then you're being asked, "Do you think other people are coming around to your way of thinking?" Who could say no to that? (Unless of course they're the kind of idiots who hate Obama, a perfectly competent and reasonable man.)
It's a meaningless question, designed to do nothing but inflate nothing into "something" so people can talk about it.
I wish some other country would either destabilize our "democracy" or stabilize it. Because it ain't working as is.