With the midterms approaching this November, the political arena is already starting to heat up – maybe a little too much this early in the game.
Obama’s former campaign manager, Jim Messina, commented on the recent release of public polls already being shared in the public this early in an election by saying the following:
“I think all public pollsters should be shot.” This comment came last Friday while Messina was a guest on the increasingly popular MSNBC show, “Morning Joe.”
Messina’s message was that public polls are essentially irrelevant garbage, especially this early in an election year. Unfortunately, the public has been trained to firmly believe statistics given in a poll, especially if it is seen coming from a trustworthy or major news organization.
According to Messina, there are many other indications of a candidate’s worth that are far more insightful and truthful than a poll.
Enlightening the Morning Joe host, Messina spoke about these other factors, adding that “What you care more about is passion and intensity. When I ran President Obabma’s campaign, the number I looked at every day was intensity. Are my voters more motivated than Republican voters?”
Messina’s frustration with the early polls presumably comes from recent news that the Democrats have lost more ground in the midterms, something alarming to be seen this early on in the midterms. Currently, the Democrats have squandered a 15 point lead over the GOP to a now 2-point lead.
While Messina’s comments may ring true, given the situation, it seems more like an excuse to avoid addressing a 13-point drop for the Democrats.
The one thing that remains clear among all of this, though, is that the 2018 midterms are shaping up to be one of the most important, most analyzed and most anticipated elections we have seen in quite some time.