“I was not undecided between Obama and Romney. I was undecided between Romney and not voting.”
That’s the problem for any incumbent President in the final days of the election. They get almost four years to make the case for another term. If voters are still undecided with three weeks left to go, the best an incumbent can hope to do is convince them not to vote at all. That has been the explicit campaign strategy of Team Obama since Romney wrapped up the nomination in May — to make him so toxic that the protest vote against Obama stays home.
Unfortunately, that strategy collapsed after the first debate, and its collapse made the strategy obvious enough to be offensive. Last night, Obama finally decided to show some passion about wanting a second term, but he still hasn’t explained why he wants it or what he’ll do with it, even during last night’s debate. The only case he offered was that he wasn’t Mitt Romney, the same argument that Obama used before the first debate. And he spent most of the evening speaking with an oddly high-pitched tone, as if he was offended that he even needed to go that far.
Obama gave those undecideds no reason last night to vote for him or to stay home on Election Day. That’s why nothing that happened in the debate will change the trajectory of the race.
As I’ve said before, we’re not the ones that are going to decide this election. Our votes count, just like everyone else’s, but some voters count more than others.
If you are reading this your mind is pretty well made up. Chances are it’s been made up for a while now. There is really nothing either candidate is gonna do or say that will change your mind.
The people who will decide this election are the ones who live in key swing states and are either undecided or are willing to change their minds in the next three weeks. It’s kinda scary when you think about it.
I recognize that I am biased – I have formed strong opinions about both candidates. So when I watch a debate it’s difficult to guess how those undecided swing voters will react. It doesn’t matter who I think won the debate, it matter who they think won.
But Romney didn’t need to win, he just needed to look presidential. I believe he succeeded.
The polls in the next few days will tell if I’m right.
BTW – Even though it won’t make any difference here in California, I’m going to vote for Romney. Fuck Obama.