Former Obama Campaign Manager on Morning Joe: ‘All Public Pollsters Should Be Shot’


This escalated quickly.

Appearing on Morning Joe, Jim Messina — a former White House senior staffer who served as President Barack Obama‘s campaign manager in 2012 — spoke with Joe Scarborough about the importance (or, more specifically, the irrelevance) of generic polls so far out from the election.

“The generic ballots don’t matter until August of the election year, that’s what history teaches us,” Messina said. “What you care more about is passionate intensity. When I ran President Obama’s campaign, the number I looked at everyday was intensity. Are my voters more motivated than Republican voters?…Don’t go generic. It’s going to jump all over the place.”

Fair enough. That seems like a cogent, rational, level-headed response to Scarborough’s inquiry. But then Messina took it up a notch…or twelve.

“Joe, you know how I feel about public polls,” Messina said. “I think all public pollsters should be shot.”

Well then…

As Messina presciently noted earlier in the interview, “our voters are more intense.”


Watch above, via MSNBC.

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