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Stupid poll result and a profound and funny comment by Rudy Boschwitz

A new poll of registered voters indicates that if a presidential election was held now, Mitt Romney would beat President Obama.

I’m back, after a nice break from writing. And I hope to be back shortly with something more substantive than a stupid poll result.

But today’s ABC/Washington Post poll of registered voters indicates that if a presidential election was held now, Mitt Romney would beat President Obama by 49-45 percent. This is obviously mostly about the various Obamacare rollout issues.

It’s stupid enough to pay attention to daily horserace polls when there is actually an imminent election, but perhaps even stupider to keep polling the same matchup after the election is over.

But it gives me an excuse to bring up something funny/profound that former Sen. Rudy Boschwitz once said to me (and I’m sure he said it to many others over the years). Boschwitz, who was, of course, in the retail business, said that the weird thing about politics from a businessman’s point of view is that you have make all your sales on one day.

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Ha ha. It’s actually true, of course, and especially significant considering the source.

In 1990, the longshot liberal DFLer Paul Wellstone defeated two-term incumbent Republican Boschwitz by just 50-48 percent. Members of Wellstone’s 1990 political team have told me that it’s possible Election Day was the only day all year that Wellstone was ahead in the race. But he made all of his sales on the only day that mattered.

(If that leaves you feeling nostalgiac, this link will get you the famous “fast-paced Paul” campaign ad.)