Congratulations. You folks are obviously well-organized and feel strongly about your candidate and I can't help but admire that.
But you also ruined the purpose of the poll. It was no longer an honest "show of hands" -- it suddenly was a platform for beating the Ron Paul drum. That certainly wasn't our intention and certainly doesn't serve our readers ... at least those who aren't already in the Ron Paul camp.
Some of you Ron Paul fans take issue with my decision to take the poll down. Fine. When a well-organized and committed "few" can throw the results of a system meant to reflect the sentiments of "the many," I get a little worried. I'd take it down again.
Oh, the hand-wringing of the clueless. Poor Mr. Wastler is unclear on this whole “internets” thing, and how the “tubes” can get clogged by people who feel strongly one way or the other on an issue. Poor, poor Allen. My dear boy, did you really truly think that CNBC’s previous on-line polls were accurate? No of course you didn’t:
Now these Internet polls are admittedly unscientific and subject to hacking. In the end, they are really just a way to engage the reader and take a quick temperature reading of your audience.
Allen, darling, online polls do not take the temperature of “your audience,” they take the temperature of people who take online polls.
Up next: Allen Wastler learns there is no Santa Claus. Stay tuned.