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Apparently, Everyone Voted for McCain

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An interesting phenomenon has developed over the last few weeks. As I posted before the election, I know a surprising number of people who planned to vote for McCain. Obviously, that number was smaller than it seemed.

Now, even here in Massachusetts, McCain topped 30%, though he didn’t equal Bush’s performance of roughly 38% four years ago. I did speculate that my own informal survey was just that — informal.

Yet it continues. Against all expectations, people are still claiming to have voted for McCain — even at a dinner meeting to which I was privy where people had come from all over the country. An odd situation, reminding me of the New Yorker columnist Pauline Kael who wondered how Nixon could have won inasmuch as she knew no one who had voted for him. 

Yet, I have to assume that these people are telling the truth for who would lie about voting for McCain? It’s like Clinton’s popular vote after the 1992 election — he won after in the polls having lost it in the reality. Would that it were so with McCain in the reality of the election, but it was not so.

I don’t know what to make of this bizarre phenomenon. It must surely be a part of my unscientific poll, but it also tends to rub salt in the wound.

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Written by martinipundit

December 29, 2008 at 11:17 pm

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