Perhaps you've seen it. You're at somebody's house, a party, a bar, whatever, when somebody disappears for a moment or two. Maybe it's a smoking break, you ponder. Five to ten minutes later, they come back, muttering under their breath; you can only catch certain words and phrases: "Rasmussen down by two", "call those internal crosstabs fairly weighted?" and "Zogby couldn't even place a may pole properly." Sad to say, my friends, this person has come down with a severe case of Poll Fever (closely related to the disease "When-Oh-God-When-Will-This-Election-Enditis"). Luckily, the stricken case will probably recover after November 4th, but until then, you need to be prepared for the major symptoms:
- A need to be around a computer at certain times of the day.
- Knowing exactly when R2K, Rasmussen, SurveyUSA, announce their polls, and refreshing Drudge at six every evening to see if the Zogby has leaked a good McCain result.
- Sarcastic asides that if Pennsylvania is still considered a battleground state, then so is Kansas.
- A need to cry out "Why can't they hold this thing today and be done with it?" during days of fluctuation.
- A rash that mirrors the Gallup tracking poll, complete with roll-off and roll-on of new dates (in major cases).