The Times obvious effort to downplay these poll results doesn't stand up to scrutiny. It is interesting that the NYT attempts to discredit it's own commissioned poll. A couple reasons to find these results plausible. It's not all roses and sunshine for Republicans. In Colorado and Alaska, the GOP candidates trail and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is only up 4. In Georgia, Purdue is up 6 on Michelle Nunn — neither margin is particularly overwhelming in states that are deep red in presidential elections. There aren't a lot of results that look wacky. In four of the Senate races where the GOP candidate leads, the margins are 2 percentage points or less. Flip those, and Republicans only gain four seats, a sum most on the right would find disappointing. If there's a thumb on the scale, it's the wrong one. If you think of the New York Times and CBS News as liberal news organizations, these results are an argument against interest. Now throw in this poll result: Americans are so down on President Obama at the moment that, if they could do the 2012 election all over again, they'd overwhelmingly back the former Massachusetts governor's bid. That's just one finding in a brutal CNN poll, released Sunday, which shows Romney topping Obama in a re-election rematch by a whopping nine-point margin, 53 percent to 44 percent.