How could Ron Johnson and Scott Walker be leading in Wisconsin?  How could Sharron Angle be neck and neck with Harry Reid?  How could anyone take some of these candidates seriously?

The latest NY Times poll explains a lot:

The poll provides a pre-Election Day glimpse of a nation so politically disquieted and disappointed in its current trajectory that 57 percent of the registered voters surveyed said they were more willing to take a chance this year on a candidate with little previous political experience. More than a quarter of them said they were even willing to back a candidate who holds some views that “seem extreme.”

There is plenty more to chew on here, but that pretty well sums it up. None of the usual things matter.

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