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  •  Steve, any insight at all into the accuracy of (9+ / 0-)

    ... those Majority Watch polls nased on what you know about them and/or their methodology (beyond what you wrote here)?

    I was particularly interested in the IL-10 race that shows Seals leading Kirk.  The last local poll I saw on that race (early October?) had Kirk comfortably ahead.

    I sure as hell hope the Majority Watch numbers are legit.  Dan Seals is a terrific candidate and taking out Kirk would be wonderful.

    WOMAN: My cat's in the tree! MY FATHER (a fireman): He'll come down. WOMAN: No he won't! MY FATHER: Have you ever seen a cat skeleton in a tree?

    by Bob Johnson on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 06:00:46 PM PST

    •  I Know That The Guys At Pollster.... (10+ / 0-)

      Looked at this methodology. They did not reject it out of hand.

      Most of their numbers here are at least in the ballpark of other polls (either internal or public).

      For example, their polls in CT-05 and IL-08 are very close to polls released by other pollsters today.

      They SEEM to be a bit more Democratic than the polling universe at large, but not overwhelmingly so.

      My guess is a week...they will either be the story of the year among pollsters, or working as telemarketers for Time-Life Books.

      "It. Is. About. Winning."

      by Steve Singiser on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 06:04:11 PM PST

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      •  Telemarketers. (5+ / 0-)

        I miss them.  I really do.

        WOMAN: My cat's in the tree! MY FATHER (a fireman): He'll come down. WOMAN: No he won't! MY FATHER: Have you ever seen a cat skeleton in a tree?

        by Bob Johnson on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 06:07:42 PM PST

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        •  Get a life! (2+ / 0-)
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          Bob Johnson, Steve Singiser

          But yup they sure beat the robo-calls

        •  Depends on the Telemarketer (1+ / 0-)
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          Steve Singiser

          Like in New Hampshire

        •  I miss them because of the insults i have (7+ / 0-)

          Ten ways to annoy a telemarketer:

          1. When they ask "How are you today?" Tell them! "I'm so glad you asked

          because no one these days seems to care, and I have all these problems; my
          arthritis is acting up, my eyelashes are sore, my dog just died..."

          1. If they say they're John Doe from XYZ Company, ask them to spell their name.

          Then ask them to spell the company name. Then ask them where it is located.
          Continue asking them personal questions or questions about their company for as
          long as necessary.

          1. Cry out in surprise, "Judy!  Is that you? Oh my God! Judy,

          how have you been?"  Hopefully, this will give Judy a few brief moments of
          pause as she tries to figure out where she could know you from.

          1. If MCI calls trying to get you to sign up for the Family and Friends Plan,

          reply, in as SINISTER a voice as you can, "I don't have any friends  ...  would
          you be my friend?"

          1. If they want to loan you money, tell them you just filed  for bankruptcy and

          you could sure use some money.

          1. Tell the telemarketer you are on "home incarceration" and  ask if they could

          bring you a case of beer and some chips

          1. After the telemarketer gives their spiel, ask him/her to marry you. When

          they get all flustered, tell them that you  could not just give your credit
          card number to a complete stranger.

          1. Tell the telemarketer you are busy at the moment and ask  them if they will

          give you their HOME phone number so you can call them back.  When the
          telemarketer explains that they cannot give out their HOME number, you say "I
          guess you don't want anyone bothering you at home, right?"  The telemarketer
          will agree and you say, "Now you know how I feel!"  Say good by - and Hang up.

          1. Insist that the caller is really your buddy Leon, playing a joke. "Come on

          Leon, cut it out!  Seriously, Leon, how's    your mom?"

          And first and foremost:

          1. Tell them to talk VERY SLOWLY, because you want to  write EVERY WORD down.

          I knew it from before but this is the sight i found that has it

          Reality has a well known liberal bias.-Stephen Colbert

          by pierredude on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 06:17:11 PM PST

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        •  so many losers (0+ / 0-)

          gone, no longer here, for me to poop on.  Triumph the Insult Comic Dog.  h/tip Al Rogers.

          Take pleasure in your dreams; relish your principles and drape your purest feelings on the heart of a precious lover. Giotto about 1300. Florence.

          by signalcamp on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 06:45:35 PM PST

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