10.29.2008

Hey you...don't run away!! This isn't a "fun" post...but it's important.

Have you decided who you are voting for on November 4th?


Most people I've talked to have their minds made up.  

If you watch the news, you'll see that both candidates are frantically campaigning in "swing states."  Why?  Because according to polls there are many people who haven't decided which candidate will receive their vote.  

There are lots of reasons why some people are undecided.  Some people are fed up with all the partisan bickering.  Some are upset with the way the Bush administration and the Democratic-controlled Congress have been running the country.  

Some are fiscally conservative and socially liberal.  (I fit into this category.)  Maybe you just feel neither candidate is qualified, so for you this election will mean choosing "the lesser of two evils."

If you are still making up your mind, I'm curious.  Why?

(I know, I know everyone is sick and tired of the election.  I can't help but be obsessed with it, because this is huge and the person we choose is going to affect our lives PROFOUNDLY for many years to come.) 

Oh and by the way, in case you didn't already know, I'm voting for John McCain.


50 comments:

Feener said...

i am still feeling uncertain b/c sarah palin just doesn't sit well with me.

Just Ask Beth said...

I think it is quite obvious from my blog who I am voting for.. Now I must go to work it is 1:53 and i have been cleaning and working from home all morning and afternoon. Did I mention Blogging!!

Anonymous said...

I know it's not popular to say so, so I'm posting anonymously. I too am a fiscally conservative/ socially liberal agnostic republican - wow, what a combo! I cannot bring myself to say I'll vote for McCain because of his running mate. I'm sorry, but she is an awful choice. She has the same rebel-rousing, right-wing Christian bent that Bush had (Real America? Fake America?). She has no intellectual curiosity. She is a "down home" hockey mom who doesn't even understand the constitution (did you see her answer on what the VP does? The VP is in charge of the senate? Good grief). I do not see myself pulling the lever for McCain, knowing she could be our president with the stop of McCain's heartbeat. I think it says a lot about McCain's character that he was somehow swayed by campaign managers to pick her when all accounts say he wanted to pick Lieberman. Smells of a political move to get the god-lovers behind him when they weren't so much.

Mrs. K said...

Yeah I'm voting for Mac- because let's be real...SHOULD something to happen to Obama, then we have Biden to deal with and HIM I don't trust. Obama? I dont care for him either...I don't care for anyone- once again we as a country manage to fuck up the choice of running candidates.

Angry Julie Monday said...

Honestly....

I'm soo tired of this election...I could really care less who wins. I'm a registered Republican. Pretty much everyone I work with is Republican. I'm probably going to vote for the Party and not the candidate.

Steph said...

So far no one has answered your question! I too am curious and almost posted the same thing, I mean come on it's less than a week and you still haven't decided?

jenn said...

Yep, I made up my mind a looooong time ago. I'm going Obama.

Now I just wish we could get to the real deal and stop the torrent of political ads and phone calls. Seriously, has anyone ever changed their mind because of a prerecorded phone call??

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Steve said...

I'm an independent, but by late summer, I was fairly certain that I would be voting for Obama. McCain's choice for VP cemented my decision. If McCain wins I will spend the next four years holding my breath and praying that nothing happens to him, because God help this nation if Sarah Palin becomes President.

Impoverished Preppy said...

Argh. DH was still logged into his gmail and therefore above comment was credited to him.

That was li'l ol' me, IP. :-)

(Although he can't stand Palin either.)

Tara R. said...

Here in Florida we have early voting. I was standing in line on the second day polls opened. I saw no reason to wait two more weeks if I was sure who I was voting for... now I just have to wait for the results to starting coming in. Being from Florida, I may have a long wait. :)

Sass said...

I've decided. Everyone I know has decided. But, honestly, I think I've only decided because in my mind I'm taking the lesser of two evils approach.

I wish I knew more.

Vodka Mom said...

oh jesus..

well, that's okay. I'll still come back and read your blog. (That's why I love this country. We have the freedom to disagree. :-) )

Tickled Pink And Green said...

I love both McCain & Palin but....if I didn't like Palin, I'd say "I'm more willing to risk McCain's health than I'm willing to risk hoping Obama doesn't have a worldview just like the people he surrounds himself with (Ayers, Wright, Frank Davis, Khalidi, etc.). Marxists, socialists, communists. YEARS long associations.

If that doesn't give you pause, then nothing will.

And for anyone who tells me they are a conservative but want to vote for the most liberal senator EVER nominated (and the most liberal serving currently in the senate... beating Ted Kennedy - now that's quite an accomplishment) then I will laugh in your face! It's not possible to be conservative and vote Obama. It just isn't.

We are most likely going to have a fillibuster proof senate, a huge majority congress -- so if Obama is in the White House, with a very liberal media who adores him, we will have the biggest shift to the left this country has ever seen. Stop and think about that. Really stop and think. That's just not who America is. Not by a long shot.

BTW, I think all those undecideds are going McCain. If Obama and his greek columns and Berlin speeches and 30 minute infomercials and fawning media coverage haven't convinced you by now, they aren't going to. And his "spread the wealth" freudian slip will turn off most independents, I would assume.

But ACORN voter fraud (who he's worked with his entire career) could really give him a victory. And that's one scary thought.

Tickled Pink And Green said...

But in my next post, I'll tell you what I REALLY think.

Lol.

Tickled Pink And Green said...

By the way Jill, did you see the interview just the other day where Joe Biden said anyone making under $150,000 would get a tax break? Notice how it keeps going down? Was that another slip-o-the-tongue? Even McCain is bringing it up in speeches. Their definition of "rich" keeps changing.

Joe The Plumber was right - he even said something about how who is to say they won't change their minds and it will keep going down -- that it's a slippery slope! And by golly, he was right!

Mrs.D said...

I'm an independant, but I am voting for Obama this time. Bush just f*cked our world up too badly to go Republican. I have views that are both "red" and "blue" so I flip flop, depending on the candidates. And I have to say that McCain isn't too bad, character-wise, but that Palin- wow. She's, well, she's something. But thank God that we have the freedom to choose!!

Tickled Pink And Green said...

Now talk about throwing the baby out with the bath water!

It's mostly the dems who screwed up with the latest financial crisis. Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, and democrats etc. overrode any attempts by republicans to rein in Fannie & Freddie. It's all on videotape for anyone to see in the hearings with the regulators.

Vote for dems to have even more power after they screwed this up? NO way. No how.

Anonymous said...

Ha! I love the blame of democrats who haven't been in power in the executive branch for 8 years NOR had congressional majority save the last two years since 1993. Nice try. Your spinning of the Feddie/Fannie issue to solely blame democrats shows your complete bias and contempt for the truth - both sides have blood (or money) on their hands.

Ned said...

McCain baby...did you see my post?

Mrs.D said...

No kidding. How about this war that is costing BILLIONS and BILLIONS, not to mention our soldiers' lives? Thanks Bush. The Clinton years were much more stable, foreign policy-wise AND economy-wise. Somebody find me a time machine, please!!

Mrs.D said...

Anonymous 1: I totally agree with you.

M.A. said...

Anyway...I might be the first person to answer your question :) And it is definitely not me that is undecided, but one of my roommates. She holds liberal views but worries that Obama does not have enough experience. To her, the candidate could be the deciding factor, when in my mind even if I didn't like Obama, I would never be able to vote for a Republican because I do not agree with their beliefs. So perhaps this is where many undecideds are coming from- their ideology isn't the most important thing to them, or as in my roommate's case, she doesn't think the social issues she really cares about will necessarily be brought up in the next 4 years. It is an interesting mindset, but there comes a time where you just need to listen to your heart and then pick a candidate already!

Kate said...

"Betcha" Obama will win !!!
Just went to see Caroline Kennedy
speak here in The Villages.
I was interviewed by "The Orlando Sentinel"
Don't fret I didn't let on that I am your Mama

Southern Fried Girl said...

Not only have I decided but I cast my ballot on monday. We have early voting here and I'm grateful to have it done and grateful that i was able to do it at all.

That being said, I voted for Obama. McCain is one of the first republicans to hold my interest in...well, maybe ever. I was thiiis close. And then...

Palin.

I'm sorry but no. I can't dig her. I find her ignorant, lacking in grace and/or class, uninformed, etc. I have yet to be impressed by anything she has said or done. I watched her from the Republican National Convention and on. She has yet to prove me wrong - yet to make me second guess my first instinct.

However, I still love ya even though we disagree. :)

Tickled Pink And Green said...

I hate to burst your bubble, but the democrats ARE the main ones to blame for Freddie & Fannie Mae. If you don't watch Fox or read conservative blogs you won't know this because the mainstream media won't let you know.

There is video after video of hearings in 2003 and before of the repubicans trying to put some restraits on Freddie & Fannie and the Democrats were actually accusing them of racism (because Franklin Raines is black and he was head of Fannie)...

Sorry, but the proof is in the pudding. Even the very liberal Alec Baldwin said recently that the democrats played a HUGE role in this, and he's as partisan as it gets.

Even Saturday Night Live made fun of the democrats on this -- and yes even Barney Frank.

Just look at who received the most contributions from Fannie & Freddie - and the 2nd highest was Barack Obama. Franklin Raines has advised him and when he picked a team to search for a VP one of them was Jim Johnson - head of Fannie. It's an incestuous relationship and the dems are the main culprits. But the biggest culprit was pushing for institutions to lend money for homes to people who couldn't afford them.

Now think about which party would be doing THAT? Not hard to figure out.

The truth is out there. Look for it.

Tickled Pink And Green said...

Yes, Palin worked her way up from the bottom, took on corruption in her own party. Took on corruption in the oil & gas field and gave back taxpayers part of the profits of big oil.

Gosh, why in the world would she be good as VP? Please, let's have someone as president who hasn't done a damn thing except make good speeches and associate with anti american radicals. Oh yes, and who has worked along side the fraudulent ACORN his entire career (as he said in his own words)...

You're right. Boo Palin. Go Obama!

;-)

Mrs.D said...

The more epics I read, the more I love Obama.

Feener said...

this should be up on collage

Tickled Pink And Green said...

The more posts I read the more I realize that most people aren't informed.

Jen said...

I have a lot of thoughts on this topic but I'll leave only one... I think its very short sighted to not vote for McCain only because you don't like Palin. Yes, I understand... a heartbeat away... but how many times has a VP been called up to the show? How many? And if God forbid, something happened to McCain while President (or any other American President); Palin will be swarmed by the Cabinet (yes, I know she could replace them) and Congressional leaders to make sure that no drastic changes happen. There is a reason we have the 3 branches of government, to balance things out. I'm concerned that people are willing to risk a 4 year term (barring tragedy)for a what if. That's a pretty big risk. And this is a very important election.

Feener said...

jen
about palin. the problem is not just about the fact that she would probably never be called into action (although she obviously has to do something in that position) the problem is that he made the decision to go with her, his actions are put into question as well.

Tickled Pink And Green said...

Whoever gets in will have a huge team of advisers, etc. so it's not like Palin would be thrown out there all alone. The main thing is they have the right views and right values. And that they love this country. I don't know how many of Obama's associates we're going to have to "excuse him" for being friends with! Does the guy have any friends who aren't America bashers?? I'm serious! Any? Reverend Wright was a mentor for crying out loud. He married he and Michelle. He baptized their kids! He served as some sort of adviser to his campaign till he was outted. Obama insults our intelligence when he says he had no idea (after 20 years) he was so radical. And then there is Ayers, and now this PLO radical (Khalidi) a notorious anti-semite who Obama was very close with. Every day we find out his circle of friends is like a retired terror cell! It's truly frightening.

Jen said...

Feener,
I totally respect that train of thought. That is a direct reflection on the candidate's judgement. My issues is with those who continue to stick with the "i'd vote for McCain except that she is a "heartbeat away". In my opinion, those people have not truly thought for themselves and are spouting rhetoric. I really just want people to be responsible voters.

Gracie said...

Wow, I'm impressed with the extensive coversation even though there are SO MANY WRONG "facts"... whatever you do, please just know what you are voting for before you get out there and jack with the future of the country...

An uneducated voter is worse than someone voting for the oppisite party!

Anonymous said...

I sure as hell did my homework (without the help from the cheerleaders for Obama in the media thank you very much) and now there is no way in hell I could support obama. That guy is just so many kinds of wrong.

Feener said...

jen,
I didn't know it was YOU clemson girl....rock on sista !! thanks i hear about the spewing what they hear...i believe that is ALL that elizabitch on the view does, she has NO mind of her own, she just repeats what she is told ...it is scary.

Smart A$$ Mom said...

The reason(s) I am still undecided:

I am frightened for the SOE with another repub in there. It was Bush who had the grand idea to promote fair housing and unfortunately for him, it has gone south. I think it is much bigger than Red shirt/Blue shirt blame game. Banks, poor people in expensive homes, etc. That being said, I am from Texas and still have much love for Bush. Is everything all wrong right now? Yes. Is it all HIS fault, no. He had bad advisors, bad cabinet members, etc. I feel for him. I have been a big McCain lovah for years. I am wishy washy on Palin still and prefer Biden. I am still on the fence with regards to Obama as well. I like his statements on his site and in teh media. I like his ideas and in the grand scheme of things, his tax changes won't hurt anyone so bad. I am a little weary McCain will jump in and do the economy surplus Bush did, send out a bunch of checks and that will be the end. Ugh. This election is in a few days, and I really, really cannot decide. I hate to think that I will just skip voting for not having a candidate I really like.

However, I will say the only think making me think I wouldn't vote Dem is all the freaking ANTI Repubs. I am waaayyyy over that.

Anonymous said...

"If you don't watch Fox or read conservative blogs you won't know this because the mainstream media won't let you know."

BEST LAUGH ALL DAY.

Tickled, where do you buy your conservative kool-aid? Must be stroooong. I can respect you being a conservative. I can respect you saying "I'm fiscally/socially (or whatever) conservative and no way could I vote for Obama." But you take it two steps too far and you sound like you're waiting for the boogey man. If all you watch is FOX News and all you read are conservative blogs, no wonder you're so terrified of Obama. The fact that you can sit there with a straight face (or not) and blame the housing fallout SOLELY on democrats is insane at best, dishonest at worst. I have already said I think democrats and republicans both have a hand in this crisis. But you cannot honestly believe that republican senators/congressman and the republican president for the past 8 years did NOTHING wrong. I refuse to believe you are that dumb.

Tickled Pink And Green said...

Cowardly Anonymous,

I watch all sources of news and if you DON'T watch Fox News & read conservative blogs, then you DON'T know what is happening because the mainstream media won't tell you if they think it hurts Obama in any real way. I have to watch Fox to get what the "other side" is up to.

Nice try though. It's you who is uninformed and that's not my problem.

Tickled Pink And Green said...

And yes, there are some republicans responsible for the housing crisis, but the main culprits are the democrats. If you watched Fox or read the conservative blogs, they played the old C-Span video footage of hearings where one republican after another tried to warn about the coming crisis with Fannie & Freddie, and one democrat after another said everything was fine and dandy. You didn't see that? That's right, because only Fox played it. Again, you're not informed if you don't watch Fox. The others just leave out what they don't want you to know.

And let's be honest here...which party sounds like it would want to not "discriminate" in any way and allow loans for poor people...people who had no business trying to own a home becacuse they couldn't pay for it.
Really, now, that's not too hard to figure out. We all know who would try to do that. And if banks didn't do it, the government went after them. And who are the ones now trotting out to act like they have saved the day? People like Chris Dodd and Barney Frank, the very ones who were the big part of the problem! Unbelievable!

Anonymous said...

Look up 'ownership society' and who fathered it. It was a man named George W. Bush. Those are HIS failed policies. No way for Fox to spin it so they slice and dice footage to make it look like democrats' fault only. You support demagoguery and there is no debating facts with a demogogue. I will leave you with the last word because debating with you is pointless. I'll agree to disagree with you.

Anonymous said...

Nothing is as strong as the koolaid the Obama crowd has passed around. I think Lou Dobbs is the only one at CNN who isn't drowning in it. Even he admits most everyone in the media is incredibly biased. However Lou seems to see right through Obama thank goodness.

Tickled Pink And Green said...

Ownership society is fine, but as usual the democrats carry it too far. People like Barney Frank wanted to keep "relaxing" requirements till they were practically giving these loans away to just anybody. And banks and other lenders who looked like they were being "discriminatory" (i.e. "careful") in any way, then the govt would be on their asses.

The concept was a noble cause, but as usual, it was hijacked by people who again want to give people things they can't pay for. And it doesn't take a Fox watcher to know what party always encourages that.

Tickled Pink And Green said...

One of the best ads out there for McCain and the republicans is footage of Bill Clinton in an interview with Matt Lauer just after the Freddie/Fannie meltdown with Bill Clinton admitting that a big part of the problem was democrats blocking efforts of he and other republicans who were trying to put restraints on the whole system.

From Bill Clinton's own mouth!

simplynotso said...

Very impressed, everyone seems very informed.

jylnc said...

I wait until I'm standing in that voting booth every election. It's a tradition with me that I started in college. I had a professor who likened a campaign to a trial. He advised keeping an open mind until the end and then making an informed decision and rendering a verdict.

I like Obama as a person but he is very liberal across the board. I'm not a fan of Biden and never have been a fan. I have qualms about John McCain's anger and impulsive behavior but I admire his tenure in the Senate as a maverick. I've seen his anger up close during Senate hearings while watching C-Span over the years and it's troublesome. And I don't think Sarah's ready because she answers without thinking, is too conservative, and she is unclear about what VP powers are as laid out in the Constitution.

For me, I think it will come down to which candidate has the purest integrity and the wisdom to manage our country in tough times. A president needs to be an astute manager not just a maverick or a whiz with words at the podium. Obama has run an almost seamless campaign, John not so much.

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Jaina said...

I went with the lesser of two. I posted about it yesterday, because I just needed it out of my mind, but my rational was there. But in skimming your comments, I'm noticing a trend. People either loved or hated Sarah Palin, and that cost McCain a lot of votes I think. Either way, I wasn't a fan of this election.

 
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