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Election Could Mirror 1980 Race

R.3 Wrote: Sep 27, 2012 9:59 AM
I recently learned one of my golfing buddies is a member of the coveted "undecided". His reason: he doesn't like Romney. I quickly ducked out of the conversation to keep myself from telling him what a f*cking political moron he is. Here's a guy who is retired from the medical field (not a practitioner), doing pretty well, and basing his vote on whether he "likes" somebody instead of weighing the political consequences of an election. I really think he is one of those "white guilt" voters who is now suffering severe buyer's remorse but won't admit it. Couple the millions of "undecideds" like him with the characters in Howard Stern's man-on-the-street interviews and it becomes apparent voting is not an intellectual exercise.
Illbay Wrote: Sep 27, 2012 11:44 AM
And guess what?

Your golfing buddy won't vote.

Notice what Obama is doing: He is trying to energize his apathetic base. That's why he really doesn't care what we quote him as saying. He's not talking to the "average voter," he's talking to HIS voters. His campaign knows he is on the brink of a huge fall, because he can't get his own self-interested voters to go to the polls.

Ask him the day after the election. If he's honest, I bet he'll admit he didn't vote at all.
There was only one presidential debate in 1980 between challenger Ronald Reagan and President Jimmy Carter. Just two days before the Oct. 28 debate, Carter was eight points ahead in the Gallup poll. A week after the debate, he lost to Reagan by nearly ten percentage points.

Reagan's debate quip, "There you go again," reminded voters of Carter's chronic crabbiness. Even more devastating was Reagan's final, direct question to American voters: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" No one, it seemed, could muster a "Yes!"

Yet there was more to the 1980 campaign than the...