It’s hard to judge from the polls and the pundits. Last year, we were told that Romney couldn’t win unless he could appeal to independents. Now that he’s got a double-digit lead among independents in most polls, we’re told that it doesn’t matter.
Political junkies look to last-minute revelations and scandals, to shifts in the news narratives, and to ad buys and travel schedules. And all those things matter. But in the end, it always comes down to who shows up to vote.
I plan on showing up to vote. So does my wife. We’re planning our day on Tuesday around that one, vital activity. I also plan on following my own advice – I will act as my own poll watcher to ensure my vote gets tallied for the candidate I am voting for. Given the importance of this election, that is the prudent thing to do.
The importance of showing up to vote cannot be overstressed. It is also important to vote strategically this election. If you would crawl over ground glass to vote for Romney, you also have to give him the means to carry out the changes you want from him. This cannot be overstressed, either. Leaving Dirty Harry Reid in charge of the Senate will keep some much needed changes from happening.