Perhaps the most amusing thing about watching CNN while doing cardio is that I can show just how better informed I am than their supposedly even-handed reporters. I’m sweating on the stairmaster while they’re ensconced in studios with paid staff to help them complete their research. And still I have more facts at my disposal than they do.
Bemoaning the fate of her new favorite, right-wing laughingstock J.D. Hayworth, Jessica Yellin said that had this race been held six months earlier, the results would have been different. Would they have?
I recalled that there was a time when the race seemed close between the four-term Senator and the former Congressman, but that there never had been a time when Hayworth had been in the lead, I returned home to find this chart by typing one website (pollster.com) and two “mouse” clicks:
Of course this chart undermines Miss Yellin’s spin that J.D. Hayworth would have won had John McCain not dumped millions into the race. To be sure, his money may have prevented Hayworth from securing a more sizable share of the anti-McCain vote and certainly prevented conservatives from rallying ’round him.
UPDATE: Jim Geraghty reports that CNN has called the race for John McCain.