Clearly, there is a place for polling. People like it, we need to be aware of changing attitudes, etc. And, clearly, this post is the work of a frustrated someone who spends their days sifting through the political blogosphere, fending off new polls as if trapped in an endless game of Space Invaders. But the glut of polls and poll-based follow-up on the midterms, the pre-talk of pre-winners and pre-losers, feels especially frustrating because of the nature of the current news cycle. We continue to track stories of race and war, but not as relentlessly as we do the pointy zig-zag of the Gallup poll. This should be the ephemera, but it’s not. Bring on November 3. I’ll read the epilogue then.

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Joel Meares is a former CJR assistant editor.