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  •  I don't know about polls (1+ / 0-)
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    Cyber Kat

    but there was a lot of active opinion published in papers and pamphlets and it is pretty clear that the country was very devided on going into war.

    But that does not mean that the Lincoln years is anyway analogous to our situation in the slightest.  It is clear that Cheney has only an interest in creating his own advantageous reality in the here and now.  Getting his historical analogies grossly wrong is no more important to him than we the people.

    •  It's a pun, but the double-entendre is meaningful (1+ / 0-)
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      smintheus

      the way that we usually use the word 'polls' is just an extension of the core meaning word, which was essentially a synonym for elections.  That's why we don't call them voting places, but polling places.  People "go to the polls" on election day.

      Polls are samplings of public opinion, and elections are not just any sampling, but the best sampling.

      So yes, I stand by what I said.  You can be sure, they had polls in Lincoln's day.

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