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Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 05:16:00 AM MST
| So there's some kind of election happening. Our infamous Secretary of State has decided to release some statistics on who has voted early:
The turnout breaks down into percentages as follows:
Major props to Gessler's computers for being able to compute 100% of something. We must also remember that a certain percentage of those Unaffiliated voters considered George W. Bush too liberal and are 100% against Barack Obama for mostly one reason.
39 percent Republican
37 percent Democrat
24 percent Unaffiliated
The numbers can be a helpful indicator of the enthusiasm of each party's base.
They would also tell you they don't need no stinkin' goverment and they made it all by themselves and pull yourself up by your own bootstraps and I'm goin' to Walmart on my 10 lane superhighway that we never should've built.
Esquire went to Mitt Romney's rally at CCC built Red Rocks and found another undecided voter - the Holy Grail for political consultants and the political crutch for Democrats:
Aaron Daniel, 29, stood by himself, slightly removed from the thousands of supporters waiting for Ryan and Romney. His mother is an avid Romney supporter, but he had lost her in the crowd. Daniel isn't as sure as his mother - and says he doesn't even know if it's worth voting.
"I'm pretty undecided," Daniel said. "My mom is a huge fan, but I don't know."
Daniel, a musician and Starbucks barista, lives in Lakewood, a suburb of Denver, located in a county that is one of the most evenly split in the state.
OK, let's be generous and call Daniel underemployed. That means he has plenty of time to look into these issues and at least start making a decision.
He's also gay - a fact that he said makes him think twice about casting his vote for Romney.
Can Log Cabin Republicans' endorsement of Romney remove Daniel's doubts? It should.
Daniel said he doesn't consider himself to be politically active and generally has been put off by the negativity of the race. "It's all noise.... I want someone who... knows what they're talking about and can say, Here is the problem and here is a plausible solution. Someone who can get things done."
Has the current President gotten things done? He, and I, would say so.
He is disappointed in the state of the economy, but also understands that problems began long before the president took office.
| Zappatero :: The Undecideds at Red Rocks: Still Undecided
|Some signs of life there.
Now, Daniel may not own much stock so might not know the Dow is sitting at double what it was when Obama took office and, though Republicans are loathe to admit it, that stocks almost always do better under Democrats than Republicans. Working at Starbucks he can surely see the day to day fluctuations in the economy. Could that help him decide if or how to vote?
To Daniel, who is registered as a Libertarian but has never heard of Gary Johnson,
OK, so this last part seems to put the voter in the category of either-too-lazy-to-look-it-up-or-too-daft-to-figure-it-out and begs the question what information could help him decide who would make the best president and how do you persuade a voter who has only the most minimal knowledge of our politics.
(Red Flag on this guy's undecidedness.)
...it seems the campaigns are too focused on dividing people, which makes him somewhat disinterested in the whole process. "They should let people sit in the middle if they want."
We can let the undecideds sit in the middle. But should we spend every waking moment of an election trying to get them to decide?
Frankly, I wouldn't be stressing for his, or any other undecided's, vote.
I'd be solidifying and expanding my base with a clear set of principles laid out by any number of fearless progressives who weren't undecided but for a moment of their lives.
But hey, that's just me.
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