Those of you paying attention during the 2004 Weblog Awards may remember the little controversy of hacking of the polls, details of which were published at Daily Kos. In Zephyr Teachout’s latest narrative on the Kos/Dean controversy (which is worth a read in and of itself) I noticed this little section on Kos’ candidate poll.
Some time around 10 PM, the scream came. Kos had put up an online poll, comparing the candidates, and Dean was not winning. I think Kerry was, but I’m sure its all on record.
“WHAT THE HELL” he [Joe Trippi] came screaming into the cave.
“Look at Daily Kos” he said.
“How long as that poll been up. How could you miss that poll.”
“He’s trying to fuck us.”
“He’s doing his poll right while everyone’s at Meetup. He’s trying to fuck us.”
During the next day, we went to every listserv and contacts we had and asked them to get on that poll.
If you walked by his office the next day, he wouldn’t talk to you, but he’d sit there, with his back to the door (you could see the computer screen from the door), hitting refresh on the Daily Kos poll. You could hear him seething that it wasn’t moving.Is gaming polls (or at least trying to game them) some sort of genetic thing with Democrats?