First of all, Polling Point simply doesn't have the chops to to perform this research. They are a sign-up-and-vote-online outfit. Even Zogby has more credibility. If the Tribbers were going to spend tens of thousands of their dollars on a poll, they should have picked one with a better methodology, or at least a more visible reputation.
Secondly, while PP had Ronnie Earle
Someone at the Tribune must have known all this, and just flat-out blew it. Or God forbid, something worse.
Third, Wayne Slater and Glenn Smith and even Paul Burka have all questioned the poll's veracity. Burka's slow, but when even he gets it...
Fourth, Evan Smith is purportedly aggressively defensive about the poll. Protests and methinking and all that.
So with that many black marks against it, why run with it (besides the obvious, which is that they spent thousands of dollars on it)?
It's a shame the Texas Tribune opened with such a stinkbomb. They need to hold themselves to a higher standard than this going forward. If it's accurate that some of those folks writing over there are pulling down 90K, they suddenly have a lot farther distance to go to earn it.
RG Ratcliffe excerpts Kay Bailey's response. This is probably the last time I will ever agree with her.
Ed. note: The Texas Tribune poll did not include Shami as a candidate. I regret the error.