Let’s face it: John Hitchcock doesn’t particularly like Mitt Romney. And Texas is so solidly a red state, that if Mr Hitchcock chooses to vote third party — he wouldn’t vote for Barack Hussein Obama if you held a gun to his head — he can do so without helping President Obama in any way. Were the election determined by the popular vote, the situation might be different. Mr Hitchcock can, therefore, vote the way he feels (which, in his case, is probably well coordinated with the way he thinks), and send a message, safe in the knowledge that doing so won’t hurt the conservative cause.
Eric, on the other hand, a voter in Minnesota, where every vote is going to be important, doesn’t have that option. Eric didn’t particularly care for Mr Romney during primary season, and if he voted the way he felt, might be tempted to write in another candidate.
But Eric has to vote the way he thinks, not feels, and thinking people, regardless of how much they like, or dislike Mitt Romney, are pretty much obligated to vote for him, because President Obama has been such a disaster.
Make no mistake about it: President Obama is going to carry the “feeling” vote by a huge margin. With a whole slew of reasonably qualified candidates from which to choose in 2008, the Democrats chose their least qualified candidate,and it shows: he has bungled almost everything. But Americans do like the guy: he’s personable, articulate, and works a crowd well. Whether he is like that personally, very, very few people actually know; the vast majority of us get our information, and impressions, about President Obama — and Mitt Romney, for that matter — through the filter of the media, a pretty biased filter at that. If it weren’t for President Obama’s likability factor, he’d be facing a defeat as bad as Jimmy Carter’s in 1980.
But, regardless of how Americans feel about President Obama, this is an election in which we have to vote with our heads, not our hearts. Nice guy or not, President Obama has proved that he is simply not up to the job. Re-electing Mr Obama would simply guarantee another four years of mediocrity and failure.