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Today’s ‘Tokyo Rose’ tells us Obama’s got it sewn up

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During World War II, American soldiers in the Pacific listened to Radio Tokyo and other English-language programs on Japanese-run stations.

Servicemen wrote home that “Tokyo Rose,” who actually was an amalgam of several female broadcasters, played American music and taunted them in a seductive voice about wives or girlfriends cheating on them.

A case against Japanese-American Iva Toguri D'Aquino as Tokyo Rose eventually fell apart, leading President Ford to pardon her on Jan. 19, 1977. “Tokyo Rose” became synonymous with propaganda designed to demoralize.

In fact, she’s an apt metaphor for the current propaganda campaign of misleading polls and pundits who claim President Obama is coasting to victory.

“Give up now,” she soothingly coos. “It’s all over but the counting. Barack Obama is a shoo-in. That rich, insensitive Mitt Romney? Not a chance.”

For weeks, polls have shown Mr. Obama in the lead, especially in battleground states such as Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. Maybe he is; maybe he isn’t. In 1980, most polls right through October had incumbent President Jimmy Carter up by a few points over Ronald Reagan. On Oct. 26, Gallup had Mr. Carter up by 3 points. On Oct. 30, The Washington Post had Mr. Carter up by 4 points. The New York Times proclaimed it a dead heat on Election Day. Ronald Reagan beat Mr. Carter in a landslide.

Canny political veterans like Dick Morris are warning us that these so-called scientific polls are weighted toward Democrat respondents and that a more objective count would paint a different picture.

Many polls seem to defy common sense. A Washington Post telephone survey released this week claims more registered voters in Florida (49 percent) trust Mr. Obama “to do a better job of dealing with the federal budget deficit” than Mr. Romney (45 percent).

Under Mr. Obama, federal debt has soared by an astounding $6 trillion. If and when Obamacare fully blooms, it will be trillions more. Do these voters really think Mr. Obama is the fiscal hawk in this race?

Sixty-one percent in Ohio say Mr. Obama would do a better job “dealing with social issues like abortion and gay marriage.” In 2004, 62 percent of Ohio voters approved a marriage amendment. Ohio has a large Catholic population, many of whom are appalled by Mr. Obama’s unconstitutional order to Catholic hospitals to provide abortifacients, contraceptives and sterilizations. Who’s answering the phone?

All 32 states that have voted on marriage — including ultraliberal Oregon and California — have strongly backed the real thing. In 2008, Mr. Obama insisted that he believed marriage was the union of a man and a woman. Now he says he can’t tell the difference. Won’t this bother some people?

Other polls report double-digit leads for Mr. Obama in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Electoral College maps on some sites indicate that he needs just 15 more electoral votes to wrap up the election.

“Give up now, G.I.!” whispers the Tokyo Rose media. Don’t believe it. The presidential debates haven’t even commenced.

While busy trying to demoralize Republicans, the same media frequently air unexamined claims by liberals that voter ID laws “suppress” the minority vote. From Al Sharpton to Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., hustlers are playing this race card with wild abandon. They know Tokyo Rose won’t question them.

In 2008 and 2010, with photo ID laws in place, minority participation increased in Indiana and Georgia. So what do the ID-phobic activists offer as contrary evidence?

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