Rand Paul is diligently working on his 2016 Republican presidential bid and assembling a national campaign team. In what can only be described as a very odd move, he’s hired one of the most biased and inaccurate pollsters in the country, Fritz Wenzel (you may remember him from doing lots of polls for the Worldnetdaily). Right Wing Watch points out his long history of being wildly off the mark. For instance, just two months before the 2012 election he was trying to “unskew” the polls:
There’s a lot of noise out there right now regarding the polling of the race for President of the United States. Some polls show Democrat Barack Obama up by a few points, while others show it is a really close race. Almost no polls show Republican Mitt Romney with a meaningful lead. That does not necessarily reflect what is really going on.
The reasoon Obama seems to enjoy a lead over Romney is straight-forward, and by now, well-explained: it is because the survey sample includes more Democrats than Republicans.Simple enough.
Nope, not simple enough. They were including more Democrats than Republicans because more Americans were identifying as Democrats than Republicans. And the exit polling and the final result of the election proved that to be true and showed that Wenzel was wrong. Basically, he was making the Dean Chambers argument and it turned out to be flagrantly wrong.
He also predicted that Todd Akin would win his Senate race, when he got stomped hard. Having an accurate pollster is important for a campaign. They usually run two sets of polls, one for the public and one for internal use, and it’s very important that the internal polling be as accurate as possible. I don’t think this is the guy who can get that for them.