Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Move Over Keith Olbermann!

Another sportscaster-turned-political-pundit has joined the tinfoil hat brigade. Jim Lampley says George Bush's theft of the 2004 election is The Biggest Story of Our Lives! Bigger than the theft in 2000? Bigger than ESPN's Biggest Sports Controversies? Wow - that is big! Lampley can't believe that the exit polls were wrong and sees the sinister handiwork of Karl Rove (or is this more appropriate):
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.
(Don't worry Jim... there is another.)

Luckily Byron York is around to point out some facts, including the admission by head pollster Warren Mitofsky that the exit polling was seriously flawed. As Mr. York points out from the Washington Posts' coverage:
Interviewing for the 2004 exit polls was the most inaccurate of any in the past five presidential elections as procedural problems compounded by the refusal of large numbers of Republican voters to be surveyed led to inflated estimates of support for John F. Kerry, according to a report released yesterday by the research firms responsible for the flawed surveys.
If Mr. Lampley is looking for voter fraud, Mr. York points to Wisconsin, a state John Kerry won by only 11,384 votes - less than a tenth of Bush's margin in Ohio. As Powerline documents, the hijinks there include Democratic dirty tricks, 4,609 "extra" ballots in Milwaukee and 70,000 election day voter registrations. Nothing suspicious there.