I haven’t written about the presidential election much.
I’m not reading about it any less than I ever have, and I’m more concerned about it than I’ve been about any election in my lifetime. I’m not writing about it because I don’t think it will make any difference.
Whether real or imagined, last time I took seriously whatever ability I had to influence opinion. Who’s listening this time around? I mean, I know we’re all chasing “independent voters” and “undecided”s and so forth, and I think the independent question is largely settled (Romney by double digits), but who the hell is undecided right now? Are those folks really out there, or just a phantasm? If they’re real, then I can’t construct a reason for them to be undecided nine days out that gives me any respect for them whatsoever, so how could I possibly relate to them?
I think this time, I’m mostly amazed and appalled at the effectiveness of Obama’s class warfare trope. That’s what I think is the main factor in this race being competitive, rather than Romney leading by 8 or 10 points. I don’t know how else you can look at the economy, or foreign policy, or anything else and come away supporting this president.
But if I can make you believe The Man’s sticking it to you—well, that’s pretty unassailable. If you’re susceptible to that, there’s a good chance you’re swallowing it.
Lots of things have broken Romney’s way, starting with the first debate. I’m hoping the infamous “silent majority” will put him over the top. I haven’t answered the phone when I’ve seen or suspected it’s a poll or survey. I’m hoping there are a lot of me—Republican votes not reflected in any poll anywhere or anytime this election season—to close whatever gaps may exist in Ohio, Nevada, etc. a week from the day after tomorrow.