Sen. Obama's Politics of Polling
CBS (emphasis mine, throughout this post):
Obama depicted Clinton as ...calculating, poll-tested....
Remember the fundamental rule of this campaign. If Saint ObamaTM accuses his opponent of doing something, it is because he is doing the same thing - only a lot more of it. You saw that with his Politics of Calculation. So, you shouldn't be surprised with his Politics of Polling:
But a look at campaign finance filings reveals that it is Obama not Clinton who has spent more on polling and surveying.
According to year-end research tabulated by the Center for Responsive Politics, Obama has spent more than $2.55 million so far in the campaign on "Polling/Surveys/Research," six hundred thousand dollars more than Clinton's $1.92 million.
The expenditures provide a seeming contrast to the political stereotypes of the two presidential aspirants. Recently on the trail, Obama has positioned himself as the candidate of authenticity to Clinton's calculated nature.
"Poll-tested positions, calculated answers might be how Washington confronts challenges, but it's not how you overcome those challenges; it's not how you inspire our nation to come together behind a common purpose, and it's not what America needs right now," he told a crowd last week. "You need a candidate who will tell you the truth."
But as the Center's figures reveal, Obama's political infastructure - buoyed by his ability to raise and spend loads of money - resembles, in part, that which he has criticized. During campaigns, it should be noted, polling is used to understand and target different constituencies.