But more information is a good thing, Street Sweeper says, so long as readers know “to rarely believe the first thing they read.”
With that in mind, we present to you a “poll” found on a Democrat blog, Swing State Project:
Nebraska, 2nd District
Lee Terry: 47%
Jim Esch: 46%
John McCain: 48%
Barack Obama: 44%
Now, a few things to note here. First, why exactly is Swing State holding the cards on a poll done by a Washington outfit? Well, we can only assume that the Esch camp (or possibly the DCCC) commissioned the poll and needed someone “independent” to break the news.
So why not send it directly to the Omaha World Herald, or Joe Jordan at KMTV?
Well, that would be because the new organization would ask for the full crosstabs to see what questions were actually asked.
Note that Swing State gives out “partial crosstabs”, and references some ethnic makeup statistics that the reader doesn’t actually get to see.
So what does this tell us? That this is more than likely a push-poll.
Something along the lines of, “If I told you that Jim Esch once rescued puppies from a burning outhouse and that Lee Terry stole his gold plated socks from your grandmother, who would you be more likely to vote for?”
Further evidence? Remember back in July when LJS columnist Don Walton, who is willing to print rumors, talked about an Esch poll? Same situation, where no one was willing to actually come forward with the poll. But now of course, they cite that poll for their trendlines, when that more than likely was based on the same push questions.
Like we said above, we believe more information is better than less information. However, we also noted that if a source can’t tell you where that information came from, it is not worth your time.
Consider that while viewing this latest “poll”.
FEC reports were submitted on Wednesday, and you probably saw most of the information.
In the 2nd District race that seems to garner our attention, Lee Terry out raised Jim Esch for the quarter by about $8,000.
Of course the irony in that is that Esch also paid himself $8,000 from the funds raised.
Then again, Esch once again raised around $40,000 from people with the last name of “Esch”, so it’s all moving from the back pocket to the front pocket to the shirt pocket.
But seeing as we are seventeen days out, the main number to look at is Cash on Hand. Here Terry, with over $500K, nearly doubles Esch.
The Esch folks will counter that that number doesn’t mean as much considering the DCCC made a half million dollar ad buy for Esch a few days ago.
Which may be true, unless the NRCC comes in for Terry. Which we will keep our eyes peeled for…
In their debate last night, Esch chastised Terry for not being more like Esch’s apparent hero, Republican Congressman Adam Putnam. Putnam, a 34 year old rep who has been in the House for seven years is part of the Republican leadership.
Esch says that if he gets elected, HE’LL be part of the leadership! Mmm hmm. Yup we’re sure a pro-life Democrat freshman with no prior legislative (or any other kind of ) experience will be right there next to Speaker Pelosi (whose positions Esch continually criticizes).
See, Putnam became buds with former Speaker Hastert to get on the leadership path. That and he also had spent five years in the Florida Legislature. Jim might want to consider getting himself elected to something (or, you know, having a job) before he runs for Speaker just yet.
Mike Johanns and Scott Kleeb battled it out for the last time in Grand Island last night.
Kleeb took a shot at Johanns, saying that he must support a Bush position because Johanns considered talking about it in Lincoln…but didn’t.
Johanns response: Kleeb might have hurt his back leg on that, because “that’s the biggest stretch I have ever heard.”
Question: Why does Kleeb think it’s OK to take shots at Johanns at the debates, or in interviews, but not run a TV spot criticizing Johanns? What’s the difference?
Is Kleeb interested in winning, or is this just another vanity run for him? We are curious.