At 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on Election Day, I checked the sportsbook odds in Las
Vegas and via the offshore bookmakers to see the odds as of that moment on the
Presidential election. John Kerry was a two-to-one favorite. You can look it up.
People who have lived in the sports world as I have, bettors in particular,
have a feel for what I am about to say about this: these people are extremely
scientific in their assessments. These people understand which information to
trust and which indicators to consult in determining where to place a dividing
line to influence bets, and they are not in the business of being completely
wrong. Oddsmakers consulted exit polling and knew what it meant and acknowledged
in their oddsmaking at that moment that John Kerry was winning the election.
And he most certainly was, at least if the votes had been fairly and legally
counted. What happened instead was the biggest crime in the history of the nation,
and the collective media silence which has followed is the greatest fourth-estate
failure ever on our soil.
Many of the participants in this blog have graduate school educations. It is
damned near impossible to go to graduate school in any but the most artistic
disciplines without having to learn about the basics of social research and
its uncanny accuracy and validity. We know that professionally conceived samples
simply do not yield results which vary six, eight, ten points from eventual
data returns, thaty's why there are identifiable margins for error. We know
that margins for error are valid, and that results have fallen within the error
range for every Presidential election for the past fifty years prior to last
fall. NEVER have exit polls varied by beyond-error margins in a single state,
not since 1948 when this kind of polling began. In this past election it happened
in ten states, all of them swing states, all of them in Bush's favor. Coincidence?
Of course not.
Karl Rove isn't capable of conceiving and executing such a grandiose crime?
Wake up. They did it. The silence of traditional media on this subject is enough
to establish their newfound bankruptcy. The revolution will have to start here.
I challenge every other thinker at the Huffington Post: is there any greater
imperative than to reverse this crime and reestablish democracy in America?
Why the mass silence? Let's go to work with the circumstantial evidence, begin
to narrow from the outside in, and find some witnesses who will turn. That's
how they cracked Watergate. This is bigger, and I never dreamed I would say
that in my baby boomer lifetime.