Quote Of The Day: Something We Political Junkies Forget Too Often

“On lofty questions of policy, perhaps it isn’t that the American people are for or against – but that they just don’t care. Americans care more about Michael Jackson than judicial filibusters. They are more concerned with Paula Abdul than with the Pozen proposal for progressive indexing. And that is as it should be.

Currently, how it works is that if your side is losing 64% to 29% in a capriciously worded poll question, you’re dead in the water. But what pollsters rarely ever ask is how much people care about the question they just answered. How relevant is it to their lives? Did they discuss something similar at the dinner table last night? When it comes to most policy issues, the organic level of interest outside the Beltway approaches zero. And guess what? An “overwhelming majority” of zero is still zero.” — Patrick Ruffini

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