We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The post-convention polls aren’t really too terrible, and it’s GOP nervousness that is magnifying their effects and causing everyones angst to show.
Every day there’s something that could be done by the Romney campaign, but isn't: Solyndra loan closing anniversaries that go uncelebrated; Jon Corzine crony capitalism ads that go unshown, highlighting the average Americans he stole from and their plight; perhaps a daily Romney campaign Chicago Teachers Union “outrage of the day” news release mysteriously not released; or, the daily media events in local markets around the country with unemployed people that just aren’t being done.
You can go on nearly endlessly, because there are endless opportunities missed by this lazy campaign and I find it irritating.
Nevertheless, I’m sure Romney will win. Any idiot could beat the Democrats because (after all is said and done) how many American families sitting around their kitchen tables at night and talking about the future can regard the next four years with anything but abject fear if Obama wins?
My wife, a Democrat, fully agrees with me (first time ever, which is sort of scary). Even my very good friend, a past Clinton and Kerry convention delegate and state party big-wig, agrees with me, and he and his wife are voting for Romney. None of these people would probably admit these facts to pollsters calling their houses (my wife is not speaking to pollsters right now), but it's true.
So Ferguson, Hinderaker and those others worried about a superficial or distracted electorate can stop worrying. Romney will win.
So many propter hoc guessers! I for one do lie to poll takers, and I tell them so after giving answers until I'm weary. So many volunteers! So many pundits! BTW - "Pundits" were the original native guides, leading British soldiers to their deaths in Afghanistan more than a century ago -
Even with the shrinking labor force, I still tell people there's not enough unemployment; workers with seniority are being let go, so cheaper people are kept. The result is a lowering of standards and performance. Yet there are calls for extending the working age toward 70. Who will hire older workers?
I feel sorry in advance for the winners in November.
Maybe this election, like virtually all others, is close because there's no genuine choice.
And maybe that's because the ostensible right continues to misdiagnose the problem, all the while shooting itself in the head at the prospect of a genuine conservative running for what should be a fairly insignificant role.
Consider Palin. Consider federal bloat and diminished States rights. Consider the Press. Now consider pop sentiment.
The problem isn't the left - the left ye have with ye always. The problem is the right.
It isn't right at all. But, you know, we need to beat Obama. Kinda like we needed to beat Gore and Kerry.
"Maybe this election, like virtually all others, is close because there's no genuine choice."
Sorry, but that is truly ignorant that you don't see any difference between the two candidates. Possibly you are just are fed up with the thought that nothing happens in Washington and all politicians are corrupt. I have heard that many, many times from people who use it as an excuse not to vote at all. There are many striking differences between Obama and Romney...fundamental differences in the way government should be run and what role is should play in American society. You might think both candidates are flawed, but they are both human. No perfect candidate will ever exist. Get over the moping and vote for the person who will do the job BEST with all of his flaws.
In the immortal words of Glenn,"I'd vote for a syphilitic camel before Obama" - at least if the SC was an American SC - instead of some 3rd world guy trying to run a 1st world nation (can't remember where I stole that line from). I saw through that empty suit in 2008, and voted accordingly. Since then, I've more-or-less been willing to grant 53% of my countrymen the benefit of the doubt for their being duped. But if they do it again in 56 days, I'm sure I'll go into a prolonged period of mourning for my country.