According to the polls , American voters are almost evenly divided between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney but 5% to 7% of the population is still undecided about whom to vote for . Really??!! After 3-1/2 years of Obama in the White House , after a nasty political campaign in which both candidates pasts and political positions have been thoroughly dissected , after two Presidential (and one Vice-Presidential ) debates… you STILL cannot make up your mind ? What is it to going to take for you guys to decide ?
I had a big laugh when I read a comment from one chap who said that he thought that Barack Obama narrowly won the second debate but he was going to wait until Monday’s debate before he decided whom to vote for . Who is this guy kidding ? With all the information out there about the candidates, their policies and their track records , he is going to cast his vote based on what he hears at the last debate ? Perhaps he is trying to appear as a thoughtful voter who weighs the issues carefully before he casts his vote but, in reality , he comes off looking like a horse’s you -know- what . The prize at stake is the Presidency of the United States , not a debating trophy.
I’ve always wondered about the need for these presidential debates , never more than now. How can three 90-minute long debates tell you everything you need to know about a candidate ? The candidates are prepped thoroughly for each debate by teams of aides and they parrot the lines that are fed to them . Their focus is to rebut possible attacks by their opponent ( while attacking him themselves) and to avoid making any serious mistakes that might come back to haunt them . The debates are worse than useless as a predictor of who will make the better President.
I also question whether any one really changes his mind, on whom to vote for , as a result of these debates. Most people , I feel , already have made up their minds and they tend to see what happens in these debates through the prism of their bias . I am a Obama supporter and I thought he was far more convincing than Romney this past Tuesday in the second debate . Romney , I felt , was evasive and spoke in generalities . However , one commenter felt exactly the opposite : that it was Romney who was specific with his proposals and Obama who was not . No doubt , he was a Romney supporter who saw what he wanted to see. Just as I did. In both our cases , we have long since decided whom we are going to vote for and , even if “our’ candidate loses all three debates in a landslide , we are not going to flip. I think it is only those who have absolutely no idea about what is going on that are influenced by these debates. They may wind up casting their vote for the ” wrong ” man for the flimsiest of reasons . Because he has a great smile , or because he is very religious or because he seems like he knows what he is doing or because he speaks well and has a good sense of humor.Unfortunately , there are a fair number of them.I just hope it is not they who decide the election.