Could Chris Matthews Get Any Less Aware?


Tonight, on Spitball, desperately trying to figure out how Hillary Clinton won an election despite his hatred for her, Chris Matthews spent the evening trying to attack exit polling, at one point saying, “If we start to see problems with exit polling that we haven’t seen before, we need to start looking for the culprit.”

I assume that Mr. Matthews believes Bill Clinton stole the election for his wife, but perhaps Mr. Matthews should look at problems with exit polls from distant history. You know, like 2004:

Like many Americans, I spent the evening of the 2004 election watching the returns on television and wondering how the exit polls, which predicted an overwhelming victory for John Kerry, had gotten it so wrong. By midnight, the official tallies showed a decisive lead for George Bush — and the next day, lacking enough legal evidence to contest the results, Kerry conceded.

It’s bad enough that MSNBC gives air time to a sexist gasbag, but a poorly informed one?

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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Exit polls in 2004 could have been right. It seems they went haywire on us with the advent of electronic voting machines – touch screens and optical scanners. Suddenly, people who had been calling it right for decades forgot how to ply their trade.

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