Well on the surface you would have to come to that conclusion. How many American voters could possibly be oblivious to the rampant spending in Washington, a horrible economy, and a shaky at best foreign policy? We were told polls said that Romney was the clear choice to captain us through the choppy waters we now find our ship in. If you were to ask Republicans, we have already run aground.
The way I see the electorate this election cycle is as follows. Three camps, conservatives, and conservative lights. Republicans and confused Democrats. Many of us believe in lower taxes for all, cutting wasteful spending, and a strong defense. The Democrats, the camp that is the most divers in their backgrounds. In this camp, we have the staunchest of liberals, anarchists, Marxists, ecoterrorists, union thugs, soccer moms, and many minorities. Although their number do not overwhelm conservatives, they are predominant in the print, and television media putting a heavy thumb on the scale.
The so called swing voters, don’t really have a camp, that would be too rigid, not militant in their views, they tend to mill around offering little in the way of opinion. These fair minded people have difficulty making clear choices. You may have seen these people on television, a week before the election still undecided. Their lives driven by emotion, always seeing positive, or some negative, with both sides of every issue. Swing voters can be easily swayed, in the same poll, they may say overwhelmingly that spending in Washington is the number one problem, then when asked if congress should propose spending cuts, they say no. But do not distress, ask them again in a month and you may get another answer. They will tell you they did their research, being fair minded, meaning you got your information from Fox News. I once had an argument with a swing voter, the subject, Israel’s security. It was like playing whack-a-mole. I would hammer home a point and they would pop up with a totally different point, never conceding defeat.
The numbers of swing voters, in key swing states was enough to re-elect a staggering president. If you couldn’t see a discernible difference in the two candidates you weren’t paying attention. The choice couldn’t have been clearer. I had one Obama voter tell me one reason they voted for the president was that Romney and The President agreed on so many issues. Oh Really?
November 28, 2012