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The myth of ‘undecided’ voters…

Here we are, in the final stretch. Yet, the media, in its perpetual quest to create fair and balanced news, continues to go around chasing a block of voters, whom it has popularly given a tag ‘undecided voters’. As for me, I honestly believe this block is an absolute conspiracy, specially in the last few weeks leading up to the election and has been totally created by the media, to sell their prime time ad spots to Super PACs.

Firstly, for voters to make up their minds, the American election is fairly simple. Given that I have a background observing elections in the largest democracy in the world, called India, I don’t have to think too hard to come to this conclusion. The reason is fairly straightforward. You like it or not, this is a 2 party election system still. The occasional independent candidates and those obscure third party candidates, don’t count at all. So, once you decide to vote, here are the possible scenarios:

  1. You are already a party loyalist. There is no way you can be undecided. Even before a candidate finally gets through the primaries of your party as the nominee, you know you are going to vote for the elephant or the donkey no matter which rat runs under the ticket.
  2. You are not a party loyalist but will vote by the candidate’s records. Any kind of common sense would tell you that a candidate’s record or what he/she says should matter only till you understand that candidate & that you can’t possibly decide in favor of one candidate over the other on account of a statement one made a week before the election. And finally, if you cannot understand a candidate till a few days before the election, then clearly he/she shouldn’t get your vote. Then it is obvious you will be voting for the other person. If you argue with this theory and say that you don’t understand both the candidates enough, then I have got something harsh to tell you..You must be living under a cave for you not to know what is going on around you. This is politics for goodness sake. By and large, any candidate representing a particular party will represent that party’s interests. If you still don’t understand and claim you are too naive, then you don’t deserve to vote. Period. If you are so idealistic and want to change the system instead of working within the system, then you are already doing something about it & hence you don’t quality under ‘undecided’ in any case.

So in either of the above 2 scenarios, it is clear that one cannot be undecided.

Yet, the media spins this like no one’s business and both the campaigns seem to take that cue to spend billions of dollars just to get those voters vote for them. Even in thousand years, I will never understand this. So that brings the inevitable question – What are the candidates running around the country for spending these millions and billions? Right? I wish there is a simple answer for that. This is a capitalistic economy and no one can regulate what someone should do.

After reading this, If you still say you are undecided, then it is time for you to dig a cave for yourself and go live under it because for all practical purposes, you don’t belong to this world. You are imaginary.

On a totally different note, in the context of Sandy and its aftermath, I would like to ask a simple question – Has anyone ever thought of the possibility where 50% of both the campaigns’ money goes towards Sandy’s rebuilding efforts? I can already hear one side screaming…
“Oh no. That will be wrong. Government has to spend that money…” Right Mr. Romney?