McConnell goes full tinfoil hat on bad poll numbers, PPP responds

Last night at three in the morning, Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign sent out an email to supporters which reaffirmed how frightened they are by the new PPP poll showing how unpopular Mitch is and how vulnerable he is to defeat implied that President Obama himself ordered Public Policy Polling to release fake poll numbers that made McConnell look bad.

Oh yes, we’re not kidding. Everybody put on your tinfoil hat and read it for yourself:

Dear Patriot,

Barack Obama and his allies told us what they were going to do. They think if they can manufacture a difficult re-election for Senator McConnell back home in Kentucky then they can push our Leader around in Washington.

Yesterday, they fired the first shot.

The partisan PPP polling company, which has been used as a tool for Obama Democrats to manufacture circumstances that don’t exist all across the country, descended upon Kentucky to proclaim that Senator McConnell has a 37% approval rating. The poll is laughable. But, the liberal press is gobbling it right up.

No other polling, public or private, has shown anything even resembling these numbers. In fact, the Courier Journal, a newspaper that editorializes against Leader McConnell on a near weekly basis, released polls not long ago showing Leader McConnell’s favorability over 50 percent.

What was really surprising was that even cooked books couldn’t produce a Democrat candidate who could beat Senator McConnell head to head. Mind you, most of the folks they tested have already taken a pass on running against a Senator who represents his constituents as well as Mitch McConnell.

But, even with the liberal ‘wish list’ of candidates and a phony low “approval” number, this liberal Democrat pollster could not find a single opponent who could lead Sen. McConnell.

On the first day of Republican Campaign Manager School, they teach us to ignore PPP polls. You see, PPP is a partisan Democrat polling firm, and they make their living giving the Democrat Party numbers they want to see.

And, I have no doubt the White House was thrilled to see these numbers as they try to ram through tax hikes, unlimited debt and a more new “stimulus” in the fiscal cliff negotiations.

Fortunately, Mitch McConnell never looks to the polls to see where he should lead. Sen. McConnell will always do what he believes is right for Kentucky and for our Country. And he certainly won’t let one outlier Democrat party-driven poll weaken his resolve.

Sen. McConnell is standing up for us. Will you stand up with him?

Cooked polls are certainly only the start of the liberals’ plans. They will throw the kitchen sink at us. This poll is just the tip of iceberg , and Leader McConnell needs your help. Please help with a contribution of $50, $100, $250 or even $500 today.

I took this job because I believe in Senator McConnell and the critical leadership that only he can provide. I wanted to do my part to defend him at home so he can do his job for us, standing up to Barack Obama’s dangerous agenda and fighting for common sense, conservative solutions to the difficult problems our nation faces.

If we come together and stand with Leader McConnell we can save this country. So, make sure to forward this email to your friends and neighbors to let them know the PPP poll is pure fiction. Help us shoot down any falsehood on Facebook and Twitter. And please, if you can, help us with your generous contribution right away.

Thank you,

Jesse Benton
Campaign Manager
McConnell for Senate 2014

P.S. Barack Obama has placed a huge target squarely on Sen. McConnell’s back. As he fights fight for you, we need your generous support to fight off his attacks. Please consider a contribution of $50, $100, $250 or even $500 today.

As we revealed in great detail two days ago, Benton’s paranoid rantings against PPP’s credibility have no basis in reality or logical consistency, and this email isn’t a great deal of distance away from libel.

LEO asked PPP for comment, and here’s the response to Benton’s email from their president, Tom Jensen:

I think one of the biggest lessons of the 2012 campaign was that when Republicans are attacking polls it’s a sure sign that they’re losing. GOP campaigns all over the country made these kinds of claims about us this year and we ended up calling every state in the Presidential race and Senate race we polled correctly. Nate Silver found that to the extent there was any bias in our polling, it was actually pro-Republican.

Jesse Benton himself knows well that the last time we produced a surprising poll in Kentucky it was right on the mark- and that time it was to his benefit. In December 2009 we came out and said Rand Paul had a 19 point lead over Trey Grayson in the primary. That was an unexpected result at that point in the campaign and Grayson/McConnell’s people attacked the heck out of us for several days just as they’re doing now. I think that finding held up pretty well.

Sure, that sounds so “logical,” but I just don’t know. McConnell’s internal pollster, who may or may not be pictured below, seems to be certain that such a point of view is “skewed,” if not outright gay.


  1. Roger
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    I think these polls were dead on the last time –not smart to start daydreaming so early–take them seriously–because they were–it’s silly to not do that–obama didn’t win because of these polls–actually—he won bigger–so–no–i dont think it’s a good idea to keep on–ignoring them–i’m a gop member–and–yeah–that idea of tryin to ignore those polls–specially PP–not smart guys–really dumb–get to work and stop–the bs!!!!

  2. CarolO
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    After the election, it was learned that PPP poll was the only accurate one this election cycle.

    That means YES, Mitch is the worse Senior. And YES, Congress does have only a 13% approval rating. And YES, 65% of the citizen wants the Bush Tax Cuts to end.

    The only thing that confuses me is why Paul Ryan is not on that list.

  3. Wayne
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    The only laughable thing lately has been the republican party. I honestly believe some of these republicans will be talking from the grave long after they have entered the pearly gates. Like a record that skips and endlessly repeats over and over and over and over and over………….

  4. Deborah
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    McConnell proclaimed loudly that his job was to make sure that Obama wasn’t re-elected. It seems to me that therefore he should do the honorable thing, and resign. or perhaps, commit seppuku.

  5. Barb
    Posted December 17, 2012 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    The 1st time I saw McConnell on TV I thought
    he looked like my grandmother with a bad
    hair cut.

  6. Milton Schwartz
    Posted December 17, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    That McConnell and Boehner hold elected office is a disgrace to the nation. Of course we have voted in equal disgraces in Bush-Cheney twice.

  7. Anne Leach
    Posted January 30, 2014 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    Get rid of the bum. He would make a great Democrat.

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