Afterthoughts About Election Day 2012

It’s been almost a week since the Election.  Even though I knew my vote didn’t count – each candidate I voted for lost and just about every issue on which I either voted yes or no went the other way – here in Washington, I voted nonetheless.

Of course, I’m very unhappy about the results of the election.  Although I was hoping I wouldn’t have to, I reset my computer countdown clock to Inauguration Day 2017.  Since President Obama’s inauguration in 2009, I watched my clock count down the years, months and days to last Tuesday.  It helped.

Since last Tuesday, I’ve heard plenty about what Gov. Romney “coulda, shoulda, woulda” done differently, but I’ll leave that analysis to those far smarter than I am.

What struck me though in this election was the issue of the “undecideds.”  I’m always amazed when I read about polls and there’s always 57% for, 39% against and the ubiquitous “don’t knows” at 4%.  Now, I guess if you asked me whether I thought Pluto should’ve been removed from the list of planets, I’d have to say “I don’t know,” but, on just about anything else, I’d have an opinion.

It’s mind-boggling to me that there could be even one person “undecided” coming into this election cycle, let alone going into the voting booth not knowing how they were going to vote last Tuesday.  The choices were never clearer and I’m not going to waste space here talking about those differences.  They’re as obvious as the nose on my face.

Bernie, in his article, Obama Wins – And Loses, remarked about “Chris Christie’s embrace of President Obama after Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey.”  Bernie said it didn’t mean the Republican governor endorsed the President, “but it’s a safe bet that it came off that way to independent and undecided voters.”  I commented that it’s frightening to think that a photo op for both President Obama and Gov. Christie playing kissy-face could, even with the President’s track record, sway an undecided voter.

But Bernie was right.  According to exit polls reported on The O’Reilly Factor, 42% of voters said Obama’s response to Hurricane Sandy was an important part of their decision.  And when asked “when did you finally decide for whom to vote in the Presidential election?”  9% said in the last few days, 11% said in October, 9% said in September and 69% said before that.

When I saw the President with Gov. Christie, I chuckled because the first thing I saw was Mr. Obama wearing the same Presidential jacket all Presidents seem to wear after a disaster and my husband and I wondered whether President Bush actually left this one in the First Family’s bedroom closet.  Gov. Christie had to make nice with the President because he had his hand out for federal funds.  It all seems so obvious.

So, my bottom line is, although I can’t imagine one voter who could still be undecided when he or she woke up on November 6th, I can’t even begin to fathom why a photo opportunity for two politicians could make an impact on someone’s vote.  Even if the Messiah (as President Obama is referred to Sean Hannity) waved his hand and parted the waters and was able to make the waters of Hurricane Sandy recede, I still wouldn’t have voted for him.  But then that’s me….

And by the way, shame on each and every Republican and Conservative who stayed home last week.  No candidate is perfect, but not voting for Mr. Romney, for whatever reason, insured Mr. Obama a second term.

In the meantime, if anyone is interested, it’s 4 years, 2 months, 8 days, fourteens hours, 52 minutes….. to Inauguration Day 2017.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
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  • Roger Ward

    I hat to say “I told you so” but …. I told you so! I’m on record with this forum as saying that Obama would be reelected …. not that he should be or that he deserves to be …. only that he would be. The reason is simple: Media Bias. You have no idea how the truth is slanted by the media …. how the truth is buried by the media …. how the truth never seems to come out when it doesn’t fit the liberal agenda. Get an education about how pervasive Media Bias is …. how effective it is …. and how insidious. There are several good books which cover the subject and which are available everywhere; they prove that Media Bias distorts the election process by at least 8% — enough for Romney to have won, if the world of the press was truly fair and objective.

  • deny916

    That’s too funny Leona! I have the same coundown clock going on my computer too! I’m still shaking my head over this last election. The world now just seems frozen in time as we repeat the last 4 years…and the only thing we get out of it is being 4 years older. I agree. SHAME on you Republicans that didn’t go out and vote. Mr. Romney is a good and decent man and he would have been a far better president than what we have in office now.
    What was that saying about insanity???????

  • Ron F.

    The undecideds probably do no understand why we were so certain about who we would vote for. I was not undecided but I can understand why some people were. Maybe they thought Governor Romney changed his mind on too many issues so they did not trust him. Or maybe they thought his tax proposal would increas the deficit. I am not an independent or undecided voter so I have no idea if Governor Christie’s embrace of President Obama seemed like an endorsement of President Obama to them. Even if it did, why would we presume it would change or influence their vote. I did not trust Governor Romney’s tax proposal but I voted for him. I am sure most people supporting Governor Romney did so for different reasons. By the same token, I believe people who were undecided were undecided for a lot of different reasons. Frankly, most of the pundits were wrong before the election and are just as wrong in trying to explain the vote now.

  • CCNV

    I’m pretty sure had the military been allowed to vote, things might have turned out much differently…which is probably the reason those ballots met with ‘tragedy’ on the way.

  • DOOM

    shaming conservatives is no way to get them to vote for your guy next time. the GOP nominated a candidate that somehow couldn’t beat Obama’s record, and it’s conservatives’ fault?

  • Cameron MacKay

    Leona: The sentiments expressed above are well taken. I guess there was some reason why not everyone had the right to vote in classical Greece

    • Ron F

      Are you suggesting that only male citizens who own land should be entitled to vote?

      • Roger Ward

        Sounds good to me …. although I’d let the female citizens who own land have the right to vote, too.

        • Ron F

          Roger, what if you served in the military but do not own land. Should you be able to vote?