When it comes down to the proverbial “brass tacks,” elections are won by voter turnout.
Voter turnout is driven by a number of factors, including the macroeconomic climate, likability of the individual candidates, the economics of political campaigns and their get out the vote (GOTV) efforts, just to name a few of the larger issues.
Barack Obama has lost the macroeconomic argument in a landslide. Other than public sector employees, and private tax, divorce, and bankruptcy attorneys, no sector has done better since Barack Obama assumed office. Well, that isn’t precisely true. Iran is hiring nuclear scientists.
Here in America, however, tens of millions of Americans are underemployed or unemployed, and the President has had four years to make difference. He hasn’t. He can’t even get his own Democrat-controlled Senate to pass a budget. In the primary issue of our time, Barack Obama has been singularly ineffective. On this issue alone, Mitt Romney should carry the election. To vote for Obama is masochistic, accepting four more years of extraordinarily expensive, ineffective, and arguably corrupt economic policy. If you can’t afford to eat, and can’t put a roof over your head, all else is moot.
As even left wing propagandist Michael Moore was forced to admit, the money matters, and the money flows where people’s best interests lie. Romney will raise the most money, and people will vote for Romney out of a sense of self-preservation.
But as we learned over the course of the Republican National Convention from speakers the mainstream media ignored, refused to show, or glossed over, the best indicators of the character of Mitt Romney the man came from those who knew him best, describing his work far away from any campaign or camera. There is a lot of truth in the old saying that “character is what you do when no one is looking.”
When no one was looking, long before he got into politics, Mitt Romney was up before the crack of dawn helping others. He did terribly difficult, agonizing things to help the sick and comfort the afflicted. He did those things not to garner praise, but simply because it the right thing to do. His father, George Romney, gets much of the credit for shaping the character of his son. Sadly, we can say the same of Barack Obama, Sr., as well.