There are two ways to look at today’s PiPress/Horner “Decision Resources” poll.
One of them is accurate.
Option 1: The sky really is falling in on the Emmer campaign, and Tom Horner – a government insider whose very face screams “slick operator” – really did post a nine point gain by selecting a nobody for a running mate and promising to raise taxes in the most anti-tax year in Minnesota memory. Honest.
Option 2: Worried that actual reputable polls were showing Emmer pulling into leads over all three DFL stooges and the would-be spoiler Horner, alarmed by a record surge in MNGOP voter ID and trying to forestall wholesale demoralization among a DFL rank and file that has to look forward to two more months of brutal campaigning followed by getting behind one of three of the least interesting characters in recent Minnesota political history, the left – Horner and the DFL – commissioned a fairly transparently bogus poll to keep their troops’ morale up.
I’m gonna bank on #2.
So is the MNGOP, who has just filed a complaint in the past hour with the campaign finance board over the fishy-looking conflicts of interest between Horner and the polling organization involved in the PiPress poll.
Relax, conservatives. The Minnesota Left is calling in its markers with the consulting class and the media. They’re doing it because Emmer scares the crap out of them.