Rachel Maddow took another swipe at Republican straw polls, trashing the state contests in a sarcastic monologue on her Monday show.
In August, Maddow caustically took down the Iowa straw poll, calling it a fundraising "racket" where candidates can easily buy their victories, and which has no predictive power.
On Monday, she made the same critique of other state straw polls and media coverage of them. She began with a sarcastic projection of the results for the Republican race for the presidential nomination according to the polls. Maddow said that the results indicate Herman Cain in first place, followed by Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann. She added, "There are rumors there is a Texas governor named Rick Perry running for this nomination as well but you would have no way of knowing that if you were just looking at the polling."
Then, she dropped the sarcasm and made her opinion of state straw polls clear: that they are "cooked-up publicity stunts to get media attention," and a waste of newspaper and television space that try "to force the candidates to pander to the most manipulative and cynical activists in the political system. Oh, and to raise money for Republican parties and activists groups."
"We could call them embarrassing political pandering stunts," she lampooned. "Or we could call them straw polls. Same difference."