Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Vote for President Barack "Osama" a freudian slip in Upstate NY - methinks not!

It was an ugly typo to say the least. One could not begin to imagine how this had happened. Sure, the powers that be hurriedly apologized for the error, but did not explain HOW this happened, only that they were sorry. For the mothers in the reading group, we recall having to practically force a civilised "sorry" from one sibling who has hurt or offended another, recognising that there was no civility there, and there was surely no "sorry" except that the offending party was caught.

What on earth is afoot in the great state of New York? Granted, it is now my residence, and for the NYC'er who is somewhat geographically challenged, they consider my county of Westchester to be "Upstate", but it is a mere 40 minutes from the city, truth be told.

Lately, we are hearing about the so-called Bradley factor - named after Tom Bradley of California. When he ran for office, in California, he was predicted to win by polls, but according to Wikepedia, something completely different happened that day:

The Bradley effect, less commonly called the Wilder effect,[1] is a proposed explanation for a discrepancy between voter opinion polls and election outcomes in American political campaigns when a white candidate and a non-white candidate run against each other.[2][3][4] Named for Tom Bradley, an African-American who lost the 1982 California governor's race despite being ahead in some voter polls, the Bradley effect refers to an alleged tendency on the part of some voters to tell pollsters that they are undecided or likely to vote for a black candidate, and yet, on election day, vote for his/her white opponent.
The theory of the Bradley effect is that the inaccurate polls have been skewed by the phenomenon of social desirability bias.[5][6] Specifically, some white voters give inaccurate polling responses for fear that, by stating their true preference, they will open themselves to criticism of racial motivation. The reluctance to give accurate polling answers has sometimes extended to post-election exit polls as well. The race of the pollster conducting the interview may factor in to voters' answers.
Some analysts have dismissed the theory of the Bradley effect as "baseless",[7] while others argue that it may have existed in past elections, but not in more recent ones.

It would have been nice to see Hillary Clinton be the first female President of the United States, up there with Angela Merkel, Margaret Thatcher et al, but it was not to be.

Are you really telling me that we are still so race conscious in this country, that we would rather be "PC" about this, and no, I am not talking DELL here - than to tell the truth when asked in a poll, exit or pre-election or otherwise?

Freudian slip my foot!

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