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11:05pm on Tuesday the 19th of February
STATISTICAL ASTROTURFING

If this election were about which candidate people wanted as their child's schoolteacher, Barack Obama would be moving to the head of the class. They'd also rather watch a football game with him, but only by inches.

People picked the Democrat over Republican John McCain to catch a game with by 50 percent to 47 percent, according to an Associated Press-Yahoo! News poll released Friday. Asked which they'd choose to be their child's teacher, Obama was the choice by a more decisive 55 percent to 44 percent, including a markedly stronger performance by the Illinois senator among whites.

Win or lose the November presidential election, neither man is likely to be teaching schoolchildren anytime soon, let alone plopping down on your couch for a game. Nonetheless, the responses provide some insight into how the two candidates are viewed as people - an important consideration for many when it comes to voting.

AP digg this

Maybe Obama is a nice guy. A regular schmoe who you would want to teach your kids. A broheim to watch some football with (particularly The Los Angeles Dodgers!). Obama would also bring the beer and buffalo wings.

In the invariable security sweep it would be noted my cupboards have generic ketchup and off brand ramen. Neither of which will do for a man of Obama's stature.

None of this speaks much for Obama, considering so many voter's politics are little different than thier kid's soccer games: orange slices, sprite and never counting goals. The belief that feeling good is the same as doing good.

That makes surveys like this little better than statistical astroturfing*; The comforting results are fully known before a single person is asked while creating an artificial qualification for Obama.

I would rather knock back a beer with John McCain and watch the big game. He seems like a guy who might make an unpopular decision, like cheering my teams arch-rival. Yet McCain would have a good reason for it. Sure he would only bring Beer Nuts and Bud... That security sweep would yield the same cornucopia of no food and his fare would still be better than mine.

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P.S. Have a great weekend everyone!

P.P.S. Re-edited the blog, so now it is like getting two blogs over the weekend!

(* h/t to Treacher for that line of thinking)

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