Four years ago in this space, I put out something called "Guide for the annoyed voter," rather expecting, given the tone of the 2008 election rhetoric, that were anyone in line at the precinct carrying a dudgeon-sensing device, the beeps and boops and bloops would drive even the calmest voter mad. Well, it's 2012, and the tone has gotten several million times uglier, and dudgeon, I suspect, has been replaced by uncomfortable numbness. Maybe. I won't know for sure until I get in line at the polls and check out the mood as the line moves ever so slowly.
My current thinking, theoretically subject to change between now and the election, but don't count on it:
Oklahoma County Sheriff:
House District 87:
US House of Representatives, Oklahoma District 5:
President of the United States:
If ever there was a need for a None of the Above ballot entry, it's here: dear God, how did we wind up with these two? And yes, I accept some measure of the blame: I voted for Barack Obama in the state's Presidential primary back in February . (Hillary Clinton got the majority of the votes and the bulk of the delegates, but that fact in no way lets me off the hook.)
To his credit, President Obama has not been trying to impress voters with his record; he'd have better luck emptying out the flooded-out New York City subways with an Erlenmeyer flask. But that leaves Mitt, and believe me, I'd like to leave Mitt. It's not a policy difference per se: any position I might take, sooner or later Mitt will agree with, if he hasn't already. And on the evidence of the so-called "debates," between the two of them our Major Candidates possess in aggregate maybe one-twelfth of a soul. As empty vessels go, these guys are container ships. In the end, there's only one good reason to vote Romney: to get rid of Obama-administration maladroits like Eric Holder and Steven Chu and especially Valerie "Medusa 2.0" Jarrett. I might be persuaded to do that, but I won't enjoy it. Much.
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