October 27, 2010 at 7:00 pm in INFORUM
With five days to go, Democratic Rep. Earl Pomeroy and Republican Rick Berg remain in a dead heat in their pursuits for victory at the polls Tuesday.
Tags: Earl Pomeroy, Election, election 2010, elections, House ND, North Dakota, Rick Berg 38 Comments »
These polls mean nothing. They are always biased and have some kind of motive. However, this race will be very close and the recent big endorsements for Berg in the past week or so will push him to the top. I already voted Berg. Pomeroy should have fun packing up his office in January!
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Article should have read â€œtwo deadbeatsâ€ , wouldnâ€™t waste a penny of gas or a second of my time to vote for either one of these nimrods. Politics is nothing more than a bunch of egotistical dbags (with too much money) vying for attention. Rick Berg is a classic example.
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Thats the truth. Politicians are full of hot hair and the ones that win and want to actually serve the public are soon crushed by their political party and all the back room deals that have to go on.
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For those of your who have never been in Combat, Relax. I went to the Hill’s website, and looked at their internal polling numbers, as well as their questions asked, percentage of which party identifying themselves are which party, and the most important, likely to vote. Berg is still on top by as much as 11-13 points when you dissect the liberal bias of the poll. I worked as a proofreader in town for Teleforce for years, and NEVER have I ever seen a more biased poll reported by a newspaper without properly idying the percentages of poll respondents in which party they belong. This is getting nuts, Berg will win by 9-11 easily, with adjusted people voting. This poll was a payoff to Pomeroy from DC, it will not save him, only hoping to energize the left. Relax and vote, and Pomeroid is dead, like surgery or a hemorrhoid pad,
Unbelievable, yet see it again, how the Forum LIES about poll results, just for ratings or whatever, this election is much, much, much, much more then petty political parties.
Keep the faith people, vote with honor and hope for change, it is coming soon.
Think of this scary scenario. Pomeroid wins, Conservatives win the House, Pomeroid has no seniority on anything? real YES, Vote that loser out I say, we need a new start
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If you are bright enough to graduate from high school you should be bright enough not to vote republican. Doesn’t anyone remember the bu$h years? The undefended terrorist attacks, Anthrax, the Pennsylvania sniper, Stock market crashes, Using 9/11 to as an excuse to invade a country that had nothing to do with 9/11 and killing a million Innocent people. Not being able to find some guy on dialysis in a cave in Afghanistan.The deregulation that allowed the economy to tank – on bu$h’s watch. (Obama just inherited the republican’s mess, it was already in the hopper.)The exporting of our living wage jobs for no other reason than to better the profits of big businesses. American workers don’t matter, only money. The billions the the health insurance companies are spending on any and everything except your health care.
Why would anyone want to vote republican and continue the destruction of this country?
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Well those of us who did go to high school and have college degrees (mine with a minor in Economics) understand that most of the ills that you speak of were heaped on us by the Democrats, not the Republicans; Bush just happened to be the president when the results of years of liberal policies came to fruit. There was a survey in the last presidential election that showed Obama voters had less education than McCain voters.
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Funny you should ask. The Republicans held the Presidency as well as the House and Senate majorities from 2000-2006–so 3/4 of the Bush years when the economy was completely tanked it was a GOP majority in ALL AREAS!
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I believe that the House went Democrat in 2004, so your 3/4 is wrong. Try 1/2 ……..
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Actually it was 2006.
I really don’t care what the education level’s are of any individual. Some of the brightest, successful, and polished individuals in this nation had little or no education. This election isn’t about democrat/republican but rather a message Americans are sending to all politicians. We are sick and tired of business as usual. There is plenty of blame to go around for all parties. The term which should really stick out is “Conservative”. We wouldn’t be in this mess if Republicans (who are supposed to be more conservative) hadn’t moved away from that message and that is exactly why we are in this mess. Bush spent like a drunken sailor and Obama has now proved to the Country that he can spend more than the Bush administration (all on borrowed money). I think we can all agree on one thing. We cannot continue to spend the way we have. Please, please, please stop blaming Bush for the added debt that Obama has brought to this country. This is now Obama’s economy, his policies which are killing small business, his healthcare reform, not Bush. He owns these policies now and those who endorsed this man, voted with Pelosi, need to be sent packing. Pomeroy must not stay, Period. Life as we know it is in grave danger.
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Funny you should mention the Bush years. Who was in charge of Congress/Senate during those years, Democrats and who is a Democrat – Pomeroy. We need to stop pointing fingers, maybe abolish both parties so the while start working together. Get rid of this Republican/Democrat competion. It is not doing anyone any good.
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Dude, your lack of education is showing. Republicans controled the House from 1995 until 2007. The Senate was a virtual tie from 2001-2003 and the Republicans controld the Senate from 2003-2007.
Thus most of Bush’s term was with a Republican controled congress.
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Yes, and the first 6 years of his administration we had a growing economy with low unemployment numbers. Fanny and Freddie were the cause of the housing bubble where banks got greedy writing loans to those who couldn’t afford them. By the way that housing program (sorry, I forgot what it was called) was created by Bill Clinton. It just happened to crash at the end of the Bush years.
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Wow Jeff. Are you really believing what you type? He came in to office with who in control of Congress? It is the Congress and their spending policies that have a large say in the health of an economy.
Whenever a President comes into office, he inherits the previous 3-5 years of results of the laws passed prior to him sitting in the Oval Office.
It seems to me that Republicans keep putting us into debt with wars, corporate policies that promote or at least accomodate corporate corruptions, and weakening laws on the banking industry, big oil and big business tax loopholes. The result is a mess that the American people inherit, get pizzed off, put a Democratic prez in to replace the mess, and then you blame the Democrat for inheriting debt and crappy economies as a result of those previous administration’s actions.
How is it that Republicans get to run up the debt as high as they’d like yet THEY still call themselves fiscal conservatives?
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atxgiant- The Republicans were in charge of the Presidency, House, and Senate from 2000-2006. Look it up.
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Bush didnt act like a Republican or Conservative. Keep telling yourself that the Democrats are so innocent and have nothing to do with what is going on. It’s both parties and the Dems havent done any better than the Repubs did b4 they were unseated in 06. Now it’s the Repubs time again with Tea Party candidates that will hopefully get the gov’t out of our lives and reduce spending
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Libertarian, just think back to 1980 when Ronald Regan was president and we had Bob Hope and Johny Cash. Now with Pres O and we have no “hope” and no “cash”. We had 500 billion taken from employers and workers who contributed to the Medicare Trust fund and a new entitlement created we can’t afford. I liked your post but we can not equate ourselves to the party of tax more and spend even more. Earl did not listen to our concerns about ObamaCare, but he will hear us loud and clear on Tuesday!
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Well said, Libertarian. I was elated when the republicans held both congress and the presidency during the Bush years, but I was quickly let down when Bush and the republicans spent our money like it was going out of style. I hope, as you do, that after this election there will be enough tea party influence to begin to roll back the enormous and out of control federal government. Sadly, I am more than a little skeptical.
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Those that think we are on the right course with Obama. Pelosi and Earl P. are vey misled. If we don’t get a change in D. C. this election and get things under control again, the massive spending and reckless disregard for America will destroy us. When the President calls the other Party the enemy, it is BAD. Pomeroy is trying to distance himself from his Party, Pelosi and Obama,, it is to late, and if he did win he would vote with them again, and sell us out again. Enough,,, VOTE BERG
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Berg is not smart enough to represent ND in its only house seat. His failure to have any good and workable ideas is duly noted! Vote Earl.
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I must say that it amusing to see some of these (Libertarian, Phillip Gray) responses saying how unreliable polls are and the Forum lies about them, etc. But funny, I missed those folks’ comments when the Berg leading, Rasmussen polls ran. Guys, hate to be the bearer of reality to the 2 of you, but there is not a clean end of the turd. Sorry for being blunt, but sometimes the truth is cruel.
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We need to clean house and fast!
Like i have repeatedly said, the ones that created the problems can not or will not fix the problems! Study History and there is always a pattern.
My Dad used to always say if you make a bad judgement once it is a lesson, if you do it again it is a mistake. We have enough mistakes in Washington already. Time to clean it up before it is too late if it isn’t already.
God Bless America AGAIN!
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Poll was done by The Hill, contracted to PSB.
According to Washington Business Forward, PSB’s “reputation is largely as a Democratic political polling firm …”
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Both parties are leading us to insolvency. Unless we make real cuts to defense and cut entitlements, we are doomed. Unfortunately, the elderly have all the power and will never let themselves get less of a handout even though they hold 77% of the net wealth in this country. Also, anyone who wants to reduce military spending is called unpatriotic, or they might not get re-elected. Just look at the Grand Forks AFB. It serves no purpose ( unless you fear Canada, but then you’re crazy ) other than to give a great big handout to the City of Grand Forks, and you see what I mean.I did vote for Berg, but I voted Libertarian when it was offered as an option. They are the only party who really wants to cut government spending
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Phil Harmonson (sp) projected Berg would win by 2-3 points today on the McFeely show on WDAY. He based it on the high number of undecideds figuring that if you aren’t enthused about pomeroy by now, you never will be.
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CORRECTION: Not McFeely, but Joel Heitkamp on KFGO. Sorry, wrong democrat’s show.
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Philip Gray, my money is on you and your theory of this poll. In this poll, they also asked who they voted for president in 2008. McCain only had a three point lead in this poll. Clearly they called more liberals. Seems like most people that voted for Obama do not admit it. Maybe they do in a phone poll..
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Though I’ve never voted for Earl I never disliked the guy because I considered him a moderate dem. This campaign Earl has allowed attack ads that have made me question his integrity. Trying to link Berg with selling personal information was the most hypocritical since his vote for Obamacare will basically allow the government access to everyone’s medical history. I understand that he wants to win but if you lose, do it with dignity and not with kind of low brow persona that is undignified for someone who represents our state.
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WHY does this country still only have 2 parties…..Far to the left………….or way over to the right…..
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Gotta respectfully disagree with you, piranha. The far right hasn’t had much power at the federal level for a long time. From a fiscal/spending perspective, the only choices we have had are left and far left. You probably are aware that the size of government grew massively under the Bush administration, although the Obama administration has put him to shame in the last two years.
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Exactly. We have the choice of the party who briskly expands government spending vs. the party who rapidly expands government spending. I voted Republican, but expect to be disappointed since they will do nothing about entitlements or defense spending either, except to grow them…
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Any one who still thinks Pom is the way to go ought to remember his latest ad where he says he voting against the wishes of the people of North Dakota because they do not know what is good for them. But he DOES. Really !! Well, I think WE know what is good for Pom — r-e-t-i-r-e-m-e-n-t.
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. Historically undecided voters go two to one against the incumbent and coupled with Earlâ€™s higher disapproval ratings in the Penn Schoen Berland poll I predict Berg 52% to Pomeroyâ€™s 48%. I have more confidence in Rasmussenâ€™s polling so with undecideds I think the final result will be closer to 54% for Berg. Since this post is about confidence in polling, I look forward the opinions of others. Angle 52%, Reed 48%. Rossi 51%, Murray 49%. Republicans pick up 45-60 house seats and 11 senate seats (hoping on this one, not predicting). As our President recently said appearing on a comedy program, â€œYes we can, butâ€¦â€¦?â€ the American electorate may try to stop us.??
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Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.” ~ H.L. Mencken
It matters not how deck chairs are arranged or how shiny the brass, the good ship USS Economy is going down. The Unholy Trinity of Republicans, Democrats, and Bankers (http://venturacountyteaparty.ning.com/photo/art-of-the-collapse11010?xg_source=activity) have done their work dastardly work.
While the Forum’s opinion page seems obsessed with with Berg/Pomeroy, so much so that Sunday’s edition devoted a whole page to letters on the race, it’s outcome is of little or no consequence. The difference is in campaign rhetoric only. Once in office all politicians (with the exception of Ron Paul, Alan Grayson, and perhaps a half dozen others) serve the same special interests: Big government, big business, big oil, big banking, Wall Street, perpetual war, and globalism. To get elected, however, candidates must convince voters that their tax and spend policies will benefit them to the detriment of others. That’s whole game folks. Play it if you like but its not going to change anything.
H.L. Mencken died in 1956 and did not see the Great Society when we learned in ernest that we could vote ourselves a piece of someone else’s paycheck. Our whole pirate economic system is a violation of the most fundamental and immutable economic law found in in Exodus 20:15: ” Thou shalt not steal”. It is a systemic quandary, and the whole system is going under the waves.
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Philip Grey-your prediction beating was correct!!
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Dead heat?…Didn’t realize a ten point loss was a dead heat. Rasmussen had this at exactly a ten point victory for Berg, guess we know who has the credibility around here. On a brighter note we do get rid of the worst speaker of the house in history.
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As my 10-31 post stated, I believed Bergâ€™s final result would be close to 54%. Good bye Earl. Two stooges down, one more to go! My efforts will now be directed to 2012 removing Kent and Barrack from office. I could not be more happy with the governorships Republicans have picked up with redistricting taking place next year. We need hearings to examine the the Obama-GM theft from bondholders, the failure of the Federal Government to protect our borders, the law suit against Arizonaâ€™s attempt to enforce Federal Immigration law, the dropping of charges against the New Black Panther voter intimidation case, ACORN fradulent voter registration, and more. I will now petition my congressman to shed some light on the shananigans that this administration has perpetrated on the American people.
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I’m with you brother – lets get a handle of the issues that have been largely ingnored by the ‘ever watchful mainstream media’. I’m especially curious how GM bondholders could have been pushed to the back of the line when, legally, they have first dibs in a bankrupcy. The ‘auto bailout’ was a union bailout – taking the ownership of the company from the stock and bondholders and giving it to the unions, with the US Government acting as the middle man.
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