Frank I think you'll find that the Gallup poll is as scientific and accurate as such things generally are.
My desire is simply that the Demos take back control of at least one of the bodies of Congress. Not because I support them by and large but because it will prevent Bush & co from doing even more damage to our country than they've already done. The most glorious word in the lexicon of political thought (such as it is ) in this country is GRIDLOCK.
Also, one of my pet peeves is the use of the word FASCISM as a term of opprobrium for political thought one finds repugnant. We can use words like a surgeon performing micro-surgery, or we can use them like a chimpanzee with a MAC 10. Frank, since I can tell by your posts that you want to use words effectively and precisely and always seek to educate yourself, allow me to recommend
http://www.amazon.com/Anatomy-Fascism-V ... F8&s=books
Ok people this is my last word on Lovecraft. May Great Cthulhu slither out of my bathroom sink and nibble on my big toe if I lie!
I ENJOY HPL. His writing has provided me with many hours of pleasure. I am simply pointing out that just because we might enjoy his work does NOT mean that he is a GREAT writer, producing literature for the ages.
If we are going to have a literary canon (something I find debatable in and of itself) then it should be the best of the best, a parthenon to be entered not merely because your work is popular. (To objections that the Library of America is not such a canon, well they certainly present themselves as such.)
Also, to consider the lovers of Lovecraft (sorry) as some sort of persecuted minority is simply ludicrous. Or maybe you haven't perused the horror bookshelves lately?