|Midknight Review's First Lady|
by Jeffrey Scott Shapiro
Despite the premise of "Game Change" - that Sarah Palin cost John McCain the 2008 presidential election - Gallup polls prove HBO's assertion categorically false. Palin wasn’t the reason the Republicans lost the election. She’s the only reason they had a fighting chance up until the time McCain suspended his presidential campaign in late September.
Gallup polls from the last presidential race prove that once Palin joined the ticket on Aug. 29, 2008, McCain’s ratings steadily climbed to a point where the Republican ticket even outshined Democratic Sen. Barack Obama.
In the two weeks before Palin joined the McCain ticket, the Arizona senator drifted in the low 40 percentile range, mostly around 41, 42 and 43 percent, while Obama held as much as an 8 point lead at about 49 and 50 percent. Four days after Palin joined the ticket, however, McCain’s numbers climbed to 45 percent and Obama’s sank to 47 percent, narrowing the gap significantly from eight points to two.
Between Sept. 4-6, McCain and Palin actually overshot the Obama ticket by 3 percent with the Republicans in the lead at 48 percent and the Democrats at only 45. McCain consistently held that lead until Sept. 15, and then the candidates balanced out with Obama enjoying a mere three-point lead, and no lead at all from Sept. 22-24, when the numbers were tied at 46 percent. >>>>> READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE AT Breitbart
Editor’s notes: the Lame Stream Media should not be allowed to have it both ways; either Sarah Palin increased McCain’s candidacy within the GOP or cost him the election. You simply cannot have it both ways. McCain lost the ’08 election by just 7% of the popular vote. Without Palin at his side and the consequent conservative vote (there was no Teaparty at the time), McCain’s margin of loss would have been closer to 12%.
HBO has become Obama’s Media SuperPac. My wife and I do not carry HBO on our Direct TV package in part, for this very reason. Many conservative bloggers fiercely oppose boycotts. They mean well, still hoping for a consensus opinion that represents an united domestic climate. I have given up hope in this regard.
The only reason why “things have gotten worse” is due to the fact that that conservatives have tired of compromise after compromise only to realize that the Left has no intentions of trading ground. “They” have not been conciliatory for decades. “We” are 30 years late, coming to the party.
My boycott of everything Marxist is based on the recognition that I have been living in a wildly duplicitous world most of my adult life (and I am 66 years old).