I take Rationalization to be the act of having a theory before you approach data and then cherry-picking the data that fits your theory. This leads to Self-Deception (or maybe deception if you are doing the cherry-picking to trick other people).
What is the Democratic equivalent to UnSkewed Polls? I do not know. My guess is they would forecast same as 2008: Obama 365, McCain 173. Or would they add in AZ and TX because of the large Latino populations?