At first blush, the ABC News poll sounds bad based on their on-line headline: "Republicans Inch Close To '06 Preference." Dig a little deeper, though, and you find this isn't the case at all.
In fact, even in a poll that should be viewed with skepticism because of where it originated, the Democrats continue to hold a commanding preference edge. You just wouldn't know it if you didn't read deeply enough.
All told, 50 percent of registered voters now favor the Democratic congressional candidate in their C.D., 42 percent the Republican - a narrower Democratic advantage than the 13-point lead they held all summer, and half what it was last January. It's a similar 51-44 percent among likely voters.
Some refresh me. Is an eight-point spread an "inch?"
This vital information, buried deeply in the story, follows this lede:
Terrorism has inched up in importance in the 2006 midterm elections and Republicans have regained an edge in trust to handle it - helping George W. Bush's party move closer to the Democrats in congressional vote preference. The Republicans lead the Democrats in trust to handle terrorism by 48-41 percent among registered voters in this ABC News poll, a flip from a seven-point Democratic advantage last month. And 16 percent now call terrorism the top issue in their vote, a slight fivepoint
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/ So let me get this straight: the Republicans lead on terrorism but trail badly overall, and this represents a neck and neck race?
Earlier this week I questioned whether we should have given any publicity at all to the "Path To 9/11." I was wrong. It was important to show what lying bastards ABC and Disney are. And after we take Congress in November, we need to take a long, hard look at some issues that involve FCC licenses and the regulatons that ensure fairness in our democracy.