Folks, there is a lot of apathy right now in the Republican voting public. Most Repubs just don't like the "mainstream" candidates. Newt Gingrich is talking like he'll run just to be the savior of the Republican party!
If Ghooliani and Mitt "Double Guantanemera" Romeny poll first and second by double digits this is going to lead to a lot of Republicans staying home come primary day. Seriously, who wants to go through the hassle of going to the voting booth if these two are going to win anyway?
Strategists from both parties have known this for a long time. This is why you see stupid state amendments and proposed legislation like gay marriage on ballots. This gets conservatives to the polls in order to make them vote for the guy who has the R next to his name while they are there. Or proposals like "school choice" to get the democrats in the booth.
Now the Bushie Repubs don't really care too much for Ghooliani, Romney or Thompson. They'll just assume they'll support one of these guys come general election time. However, if Paul starts MSM polling at a threatening 15-20% you will see a lot of these Hannitty types getting their act together against him. Not a good thing since they've got tons of money.
Let them have their MSM polls. Let them think we're just a small minorty of internet geeks who have nothing better to do than spam polls. The truth will be known when 99.9% of RP supporters show up to the booths (unless they figure out a way to disenfranchise us).