Fargo Forum: The Polls About Earl Pomeroy Will Mean Something When We Decide They Mean Something

The editorial board at the Fargo Forum has handed down another edict from their ivory tower, and this one has it that the opinion polls in North Dakota’s House race which, in three consecutive pollings, have shown Rep. Earl Pomeroy losting to challenger Rick Berg are meaningless.

Why? Because the Forum says so, apparently.

Now, I understand the point about polls this early in the campaign season being subject to change. Obviously, there’s a lot of campaigning yet to do and a lot of things to change. But to dismiss these polls as meaningless smacks of, well, the sort of political spin you’d get from a campaign. Not a newspaper.

We all know about the love affair the Forum has with our incumbents. But it’s a little shocking to see it manifest itself in such a brazen manner.

Whatever the opinions of the Forum editorial board, polls that show a nine-term incumbent losing out to a challenger in three consecutive pollings do matter.

This goes back, I think, to what a friend told me a long time ago about the Forum. The paper can’t really be said to have a liberal bias so much as they can be said to have an establishment bias. In that they like the status quo, and will attack anyone trying to change it.

Pomeroy is the status quo. Rick Berg is trying to change that. And the Forum doesn’t like it. Thus their cranky dismissal of any indication that the status quo might change.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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