Mitt Romney has tapped into what Nixon called the Silent Majority.
There are millions of people out there that are non-political. They don’t talk about politics. They don’t go to protests or donate to candidates and they damn sure don’t answer opinion polls. But they do vote, especially when they are unhappy.
Right now they ain’t happy.
When they are happy they either stay home or they vote for incumbents. They are happiest in times of peace and prosperity. When the economy is booming and none of our kids are dying in foreign countries, they are very forgiving. Just ask the Big Dawg.
They aren’t stupid or ignorant, they just prefer to think about other stuff, like Dancing With The Stars and NFL fantasy football. Unlike us, they find politics to be boring. But that doesn’t mean they don’t care.
They know when things aren’t the way they oughta be. They weren’t happy in 2004, but not unhappy enough to do anything about it. They were very unhappy in 2006, so they voted out a lot of incumbents, especially the ones in power – the Republicans. They still weren’t happy in 2008, so they voted out some more GOP incumbents and switched the party controlling the White House to the Democrats.
But then they got even more pissed off in 2010 and started voting out Democrats. And they are still pissed today.
You can spend a billion dollars on campaign ads, but these voters know when mama ain’t happy. And as my uncle would say, “When mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy.”
A lot of this is pure luck on Mitt’s part. If he would have won the nomination in 2008 he would have lost to Obama because 2008 was a “any Democrat” year. This year is basically “any Republican”.
So he’s gonna get four years to make mama happy. If he doesn’t, he’ll be replaced too.
Today: Vote for Mitt Romney (done)
Tonight: Get drunk while I watch the election returns come in.
Tomorrow: Celebrate (recover from hangover)
Thursday: Start holding Mitt Romney’s feet to the fire.