Thursday, April 22, 2010

more misinformation: Barbara Boxer

E.J. Dionne is a good writer, with whom I generally agree. But he joins the growing list of professionals who simply aren't doing their jobs. In his column he writes:

What does President Obama's visit to California this week on behalf of embattled Sen. Barbara Boxer have to do with passage of the financial reform bill? Far more than you'd imagine.

That Boxer is in any trouble says much of what you need to know about this year's election. California has become a Democratic bastion and Boxer has been a liberal institution who never before faced a serious re-election challenge.

The highlighted part about never facing a serious re-election chllenge is simply not true.

In 1998, an election that Boxer eventually won 53 to 43%, one article references a poll showed Boxer trailing by 5 points in September. While the Field poll had her opponent Matt Fong with a 4 point lead in October.

We have to start getting facts right people.

I haven't even finished his column yet, so his overall point may be correct, but he lead with something totally off-base.

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