In spite of her strict adherence to principle as it pertains to Donald Trump, embattled Republican Rep. Liz Cheney suffered the worst of all humiliations recently.
It wasn’t her ouster from Republican House leadership; it wasn’t problems back in her home state. Cheney was lampooned this weekend on Saturday Night Live, in a skit which pilloried her as desperate to form an anti-Trump coalition within the Republican Party…and having very little luck doing so.
Like so many other things, it’s funny because it’s true. Since the Lincoln Project cashed in, then crashed and burned out, the small anti-Trump Republican club has shrunk to Cheney, former House Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. Mitt Romney, and Larry Hogan.
Almost all the other members of the Republican Party- present, and aspiring- obviously see no benefit whatsoever in criticizing Donald Trump.
Trump, to the consternation of so many, remains very popular with Republican voters. A recent poll, for all polls are worth, put approval for Cheney’s ouster from leadership at 80%.
Polls are less trustworthy now for a number of reasons- the death of the landline being a major one. But the main reason we can’t count on polling anymore is because the purpose of polling has changed completely.
Polls used to be good-faith attempts by media organizations, companies and politicians to determine public opinion.
Now, polls are designed, and released selectively to shape public opinion.
If a politician commissions a poll, and that poll reflects badly on his policies and performance, that politician has no obligation whatsoever to release that data to the public.
The same is true if a media company like CNN conducts a poll, and the poll reflects badly on CNN, or on a politician whose policy goals…