While this election may turn on what kind of president Barack Obama has been, voter turnout is more likely to turn on what kind of America we can expect to evolve over the next four years. Mitt Romney said as much on MSNBC. Yet the political pundits who support him are in agreement that 80 days out, he is the epitome of “undefined enthusiasm.” Polls show the president with a lead. Expected, but unpredictable international events remain the major stumbling block. The monthly reports on employment have already registered their election impact. Democratic candidates in close U.S. Senate races are optimistic. Even some House races are tightening.
The presidential race has been so close for so long that I am inclined to believe there are as few as 3% to 5% of us as yet undecided. Like Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) says he is. Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan seems to have excited the voting instinct in his base. Not so for the Obama supporters. Most of those who are undecided are likely to vote for whom we trust to be president the next four years, not the vice president. It’s entirely possible that the Electoral College votes will be a tie which means either the Supreme Court decides on a “Florida fluke,” or the House decides. In either case, Romney wins. That’s how close this race is and how important it is to vote.