Last night rumors began on Twitter and emanating from DNC people that the Obama campaign was going to declare victory this afternoon ahead of the polls closing in order to depress later republican turnout in swing states. The idea was to publicize the early vote totals. Normally I ignore these rumors but then we turned on MSNBC's Morning Joe and what were they doing? Sitting around the table telling viewers and each other that there is really no good way Romney can win. Chuck Todd was fiddling with an interactive map, moving states around to show us how impossible it will be for Romney to get 270 electoral votes.
They did this in 2004, but it didn't work.
If that isn't the media jumping in with both feet to help aid in depressing republican turnout and Obama I don't know what is. Same thing on CNN this morning. Call me paranoid, I don't care.
So we clicked over to local news and after some stories on tractor trailer accidents on I-64 KMOV channel 4 went to Collinsville to see how the voting was going. The reporter was at a precinct to interview the very first voter of the day. This story was not about helping Obama but the precinct chosen was at the IBEW building and the background was filled with dozens of huge political signs for democrats local and national. That's not KMOV's fault, they seemed to want to keep those signs out of the picture but it was impossible.
Probably the IBEW people know exactly how far away the signs have to be and are right on the money, but these signs are so large and there are so many of them that people going in to vote see nothing else. It seems very outrageous. If your building is a voting precinct that type of thing is wrong.
If you plan to watch cable news today, keep your eye on how the masters of journalism report and see how often they claim Romney can't win. I'm partisan today and not ashamed to admit it.