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Here we go again.  The latest missive about the "undecided" voter is a debate on the impact of Obama's early television ads that painted Romney as an elite, vulture capitalist with overseas bank accounts and no real understanding of the plight of the middle class.

Want to know what the "undecided" voter thinks?  Here's the real skinny from David Sedaris right before the 2008 election:  

To put them [undecided voters] in perspective, I think​ of being​ on an airplane.​ The flight attendant comes​ down the aisle​ with her food cart and, eventually,​ parks​ it beside my seat.​ “Can I inter​est you in the chick​en?​” she asks.​ “Or would​ you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broke​n glass​ in it?” To be undecided in this elect​ion is to pause​ for a moment and then ask how the chick​en is cooked.
But the undecided, or swing, or independent voter has caught the attention of the pundits so now it's all the rage.  There's only one problem.  It's so much bullcrap.  Read below the fold.

First we take a look at the way voters identified themselves.  According to  Gallup on October 26, 2012, Democrats were 35%, Republicans were 36% and Independents were 29%.  If this is true, it means that the independent vote broke almost 60% for Obama. Could so many people have been unable to tell the difference between chicken and a platter of shit two weeks before the end of the campaign? A comparison between voter registrations and final Presidentials tallies doesn't bear this out.

When the dust finally settled and the smoke cleared, there were only four states in which the popular vote went for Romney even though a majority of the registered voters were Democrats: Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina and West Virginia.  It's difficult to believe that party registrations in states as red as Kentucky, Louisiana and West Virginia meant that voters who went for Romney were truly "independent" or "undecided."  They don't call themselves Republicans because they haven't bothered to re-register.  But they've been eating shit for a long time and they don't need a minute to figure out if they might prefer the chicken.

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  •  Your premise on Democrats in those states (2+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, isabelle hayes

    is probably spot on. I wonder how many of them were Reagan Democrats (or even earlier followed the Dixiecrats) but never changed their registration? BTW, that closing line was pure gold. Thank you!

    What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

    by ontheleftcoast on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 01:17:55 PM PST

  •  in this cycle i think a lot of 'independents' were (5+ / 0-)

    republicans embarrassed to admit they've been eating shit with glass in it.

    unfortunately almost 50 mil, including a lot of those, went for the platter of shit with glass bits in it when they were told the chicken was the dark meat kind.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 01:32:31 PM PST

  •  There may not be many undecided voters, (1+ / 0-)
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    but there sure are some real "Independents". Especially in New England, where voting becomes a game against a machine, or a hegemonic party, like in Massachusetts or until recently, in Maine.

    Frankly, I agree that the idea of the "undecided voter" is a little odd. But the idea of the independent voter is very much a player.

    What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

    by commonmass on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 01:50:13 PM PST

  •  I am an independant (1+ / 0-)
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    I have most often voted for a democrat but not always. I vote based on who I think will do the best job in the office they are running for.

    It is an easier choice in the state and local races, many have a track record either in public office or privately.

    For instance 4 years ago in my home town the republican was someone who grew up here  and wanted to use a large grant given to the town to build a working dock for remaining fishing fleet.It would allow them to sell some of their catch and have a place for moorage at a reasonable rate. He extended that to create space for a farmers market adjacent to it. These are things our town did not have.

    The democrat was a land developer who had lived in the area for 4 years. He wanted to use the grant to extend wide sidewalk we enjoy around our bay to small county park at the head of the bay. This was also acceptable but his anti fishing boat retoric was not. He was trying everything in his power to get rid of the boats and had been for some time.

    We are a mix of old fishing families and well to do implants rarely do we see eye to eye. Oddly on this we did. The fishing peir became a reality 2 years ago and has been a huge success. It has spawned other businesses such as a business smoking fish and a boutique cannery where you can buy the fish freah from the boat and they will can it.

    In this case the republican was the beter choice. That was who I voted for.On the same ballot I voted for Barrack Obama, a democrat for the house, and a republican for county auditor.

    It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is not what he has -Henry Ward Beecher

    by PSWaterspirit on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 03:28:03 PM PST

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