“This is Paladino’s best showing yet. It remains to be seen whether this is a short-lived post-primary bounce or a tightening of the race that Cuomo has dominated for months,” Rasmussen said.
Ah, wait, it’s a Rasumussen poll that left out Rick Lazio, who’s running on the Conservative line, because it fits his narrative that Paladino is “not a joke”. A poll that doesn’t include Lazio is worthless, because the real question in the race is whether Republicans will vote for Lazio or Paladino, not whether Paladino has a chance against Cuomo.
This is a typical Rasmussen gambit, but it takes two to make a fuck-and-run. Every time Rasmussen spits out a poll that dovetails with his ideology, he gives a bunch of reporters a hook for their “this could happen” story. In this case, the culprit is the New York Daily News, which printed Rasmussen’s op-ed and also uncritically led a post on their politics blog with the quote inserted above.