What Happened in New Hampshire?

Wed, January 9, 2008


Well, THAT was an interesting evening, wasn’t it?

Not the John McCain part, but the Hillary/Barack part.

I am sad that my man John Edwards didn’t have a better showing, but I don’t think that means that people don’t like what he has to say (but that’s a different post for a different day).

What happened to Obama’s “big mo?”

Apparently, undecided women happened to the “big mo.”

While some commenters think we XX-ers only vote based on what our husbands think (yeah, Mr. PunditMom is ROLLING on the floor right now at that one), it turns out that some of us have still got a lot of thinking and ruminating and considering to do.

Apparently it wasn’t the pollsters who were wrong — it was the media!

The pundits, (hey, it wasn’t me!), the analysts, and the TV hosts just didn’t take into account the voters in the polls who said, and apparently meant, that they hadn’t yet decided even a day before the election who they were going to vote for.

That’ll teach ‘em. So, onward to Las Vegas.

Hillary Clinton is hoping that what some are predicting for Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas. But one thing I know for sure — all the networks are going to do a a little better job of listening to what the polls are really saying and taking into account that ever-elusive margin of error.

Yeah, we political science geeks are eating that one up!

P.S., tomorrow I’m taking off from blogging here for Gunfighter’s Day to Read. If you can tear yourself away from the 24/7 election coverage, what are you going to read? I’m working on this one.

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11 Responses to “What Happened in New Hampshire?”

  1. SUEB0B Says:

    One of my lifelong rules is “Always lie to pollsters.” Why not? It amuses me, doesn’t cause any real harm, and it makes things more interesting.

    I guess other people have caught on, too.

  2. Kelly Says:

    I was watching ‘Morning Joe’ this morning (I know, don’t kill me, but I find Scarborough somewhat interesting in his current incarnation) and was watching him and Mika step all over themselves trying to answer why exactly the media wasn’t to blame for jumping the gun.

  3. Lawyer Mama Says:

    My reading will be catching up on reading others blogs! (I know, I know. That’s cheating.)

    I love that the media got b*tch slapped!

  4. BOSSY Says:

    Bossy will offer very insightful opinions – just as soon as she’s picked herself up off the floor. Interesting night, indeed.

  5. Gledwood Says:

    Hi Mommy!
    I heard your interview on BBC Radio 4.. here in London…
    Bearing in mind that I know VERY little about American politics and pollsters I predicted a Hillary win (glad I posted it ahead of time) …

    that Obama looks like he’s barely out of short trousers

    whereas Hillary – she made a greater impression here (for her works not just her image) than any other first lady I can think of



  6. Gledwood Says:

    ps I meant a Hillary win for president … but it looks like she’s pulling through whatever anyhow – just when the (mostly British) pundits on the BBC were spelling out doom and gloom for her campaign

    shows how much THEY know!!

  7. Sornie Says:

    I think that primaries starting this early only allow for more giant swings in the popularity contest that is the presidential race. I just hope that the dems don’t throw too much mud at their own ilk and set a standard for running a clean race even if the opposition doesn’t follow.

  8. Kimberly Says:

    It was quite amazing. I love it when things get all shook up :)

  9. Mrs. Chicky Says:

    Did you hear John Kerry endorsed Obama? Totally ignoring Edwards. He was his running mater, for chrissake.

  10. Aimee Greeblemonkey Says:

    I was sad Edwards didn’t show as well. And the media makes me glad we don’t have cable.

  11. Gunfighter Says:

    The media were guilty of poor reporting and bad research, no doubt.

    …and the reading day credit belongs to SMID… not me.

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