Sometime between now and the end of next week Rasmussen will begin pushing a “Miraculous Inexplicable Surge”™ on Mitt Romney’s behalf. The numbers will be ludicrous—Romney up by fifteen points, and while the average Joe will laugh them off, the nail-biting class (i.e. pollsters afraid of being left out of detecting a real movement) will begin to adjust their “Likely Voter” models in order to reflect Rasmussen’s mystery surge. Once a few more pollsters are on this bullshit bandwagon, that part of electorate that votes only for the candidate most likely to win (a dispiriting large proportion actually) will begin to agglomerate around Romney, until what started out as complete fantasy acquires a real life of its own.
Rasmussen did it with Scott Brown in Massachusetts—a “Miraculous Inexplicable Surge”™ for him appeared a week and a half before the balloting and ended up swamping the electorate.
Rasmussen also did it for Rick Santorum in the Iowa primary, Gingrich in the South Carolina primary, and on and on.
All ye who analyze and collate poll results—watch out! Don’t be sucked into Rasmussen’s game. You owe it to the sacred objectivity of old-style journalism to expose this fraud for what it is.