Obama’s goons threaten pollsters? Looks that way.

I remember a day when the truth meant something.  I remember a day when our politicians were seen as moral and as men of integrity.  This days are long gone.  Most politicians are now scandalous SOBs doing what they can to stay in office. 

I mean they do anything to keep their jobs.  Anything. We’ve all hear about how the Obama Administration called Gallup Poll staff to the Whitehouse to “question their methodology” in acquiring data.

From The Daily Caller:

Employees at the venerable Gallup polling firm suggested they felt threatened by Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod when he questioned the methodology of a mid-April poll showing Mitt Romney leading the president – according to internal emails published Thursday.

That poll showed Romney leading Obama 48-43 percent.

The exchange, according to emails published by The Daily Caller, started when Axelrod sent a tweet saying the tracking poll was “saddled with some methodological problems” and directing followers to a National Journal story in which a professor suggested outdated sampling.

According to the email chain titled “Axelrod vs. Gallup,” the White House in addition asked that a Gallup staffer “come over and explain our methodology,” which was apparently perceived as a subtle threat.

A Gallup official said in an email he thought Axelrod’s pressure “sounds a little like a Godfather situation.

From Dick Morris:

The Obama Administration’s Justice Department announced, on August 22nd, that it was joining a lawsuit by a former Gallup employee and whistleblower against the Gallup Corporation for allegedly overcharging the government on polling work. [But look at the sequence of events…]
The announcement comes on the heels of a confrontation between Gallup staffers and Obama strategist David Axelrod in which he accused the company of using out of date sampling methods which, he said, generated polling data negative to the president.  [So, the Obama campaign doesn’t like the results of a Gallup poll.  There is a confrontation. Suddenly Obama’s Justice Dept. joins a lawsuit against Gallup.  But wait!  There’s more…]
The whistleblower’s lawsuit has been kicking around since 2009, [!] but the Justice Department joined the suit only after the run-in between Axelrod and Gallup in April of this year.
In a scene right out of a typical authoritarian regime, Fox News reports that “employees at the venerable Gallup polling firm suggested they felt threatened by Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod [A key component of Obama’s Chicago machine…] when he questioned the methodology of a mid-April poll showing Mitt Romney leading the president – according to internal emails published Thursday.”
That poll that sent Axelrod ballistic showed Romney leading Obama 48-43 percent.
The Daily Caller published e mails that started when Axelrod sent a tweet to Gallup saying the tracking poll was “saddled with some methodological problems” and directing followers to a National Journal story in which a professor suggested outdated sampling.
According to the email chain titled “Axelrod vs. Gallup,” the White House in addition asked that a Gallup staffer “come over and explain our methodology,” which was apparently perceived as a subtle threat.
Fox News reported that “a Gallup official said in an email he thought Axelrod’s pressure ‘sounds a little like a Godfather situation.’” [“Iu sàcciu unni tu stài!”]
Gallup refused to change its methodology to suit the White House.  [And now they are being sued by Obama’s Justice department.]
And the Justice Department intervention in the whistleblower suit came three months later. The whistleblower, Michael Lindley, claims that Gallup violated the False Claims Act by overcharging the federal government for its services to the U.S. Mint, the State Department and other federal agencies. The Justice Department plans to add Gallup’s work with FEMA to the list of alleged overcharges covered in the lawsuit.
Lindley charged that Gallup overestimated the number of hours of field work that the government surveys would require and that it billed the feds based on the inflated estimates.
According to the Washington Times, Lindley worked for the Obama campaign in 2008 as an Iowa field organizer based out of Council Bluffs, Iowa.
As the election progresses, this blatant effort to influence Gallup’s data and its poll numbers is an example of Chicago political thugs at their worst.

Gallup isn’t the only pollster to feel threatened, either.  From my understanding Rasmussen has felt the pressure, too.  So what do we get when the president and his administration start trying to force public opinion?  We get a dictatorship.

Once the government steps in on public opinion and bullies public forums and media into submission, we’ve hit a point that we have to take action.

Action.  That’s a word that can mean many different things to a lot of people.  It can mean to get out and protest, it could mean to call your Congressperson, it could mean to get militant.  I’m going to let you decide what kind of action you take.

Me?  I took action when I started this blog, but this is just the tip of the iceberg for me.  I’m going to keep being vocal.  I’m going to keep writing and reporting.  You see, folks, as a nation we have a lot to gain by being proactive and defending our liberties.  We have everything to lose if we don’t.

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3 Responses to “Obama’s goons threaten pollsters? Looks that way.”

  1. sounds to me like gallup was asked to explain their methodology. since gallup was 100% wrong about predicting this election, it seems they declined to ‘come over and explain’ their methodology because they could not explain it. cheers.

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