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Saturday, November 8, 2008

No big turnout after all
Tom Smith

At Politico.  Given the large effort and immense money spent by the Dems, this is striking.  Fewer GOP showed up as well.  There's a "long term disengagement problem."

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TO: Tom Smith, et al.
RE: Maybe Not

There's a "long term disengagement problem. -- Tom Smith(?)

In our county, 70% of all the ballots cast in the recent General Election were 'early' or 'mail in'.

It seem to me that the key factor would be the total number of ballots cast, barring the the actions of ACORN and their ilk skewing the results. And how those numbers compare to past elections.


[Don't blame me. I voted for Bill and Opus.]

Posted by: Chuck Pelto | Nov 10, 2008 7:24:47 AM

There may be a lot more people registered than there are actual voters.

Posted by: roux | Nov 10, 2008 8:05:45 AM

The Democrats did an excellent job of turning out their core voters. Very few of the dead, house pets, illegal aliens, career criminals, lawyers and multiple registration voters missed their chance to go to the polls. The others were disappointing.

Posted by: Ken Hahn | Nov 10, 2008 8:46:09 AM

Let's see...

Neither candidate was an economic conservative/libertarian. McCain rushed back to Washington to help ram through the obscene bailout that his own party opposed.

Both candidates promised cap and trade, an obscene big business rent-seeking scheme that won't change the climate, assuming that climate change is really a threat anyway. China won't be capping, or trading. Neither will India. Seems Europe's not so excited about it, either. This seems to be an economic suicide pact, and McCain supports it as much as Obama -- I don't doubt that he'll be working to help push it through the Senate next year. Palin was a lot saner on energy, but she's the VP, so I figure she'd have about as much influence on energy policy in a McCain administration as Dick Cheney has had on the Bush administration vis-a-vis gay marriage.

Military/terrorist threats seemed to be off the table.

I voted for McCain because of what he wasn't. I figured that he might not prioritize some of Obama's proposed "changes", though I doubted he'd resist them, either.

But I didn't really believe he'd stand up for free markets, or judges I'd want to see, or gun rights, or whatever else I care about. He just might not actively try to do what I find most disagreeable.

So there you have it. There wasn't much to get me excited about voting, apart from a vague fear of Obama's cult-like following and what it will bring.

Others who are less informed about and less interested in politics had little reason to vote, with two Senators running. Neither has what it takes to be a good executive. In many ways, I'm surprised the turnout was so high -- assuming that at least some people who voted are still alive and not fictional characters or house pets.

Posted by: BarryD | Nov 10, 2008 10:56:45 AM

Don't worry about the disappointing turnout numbers this year. In 2010 and beyond all of this year's new voters like "Dela Ware", "Mickey Mouse", "Adolphe Hitler", the Dallas Cowboy starting lineup, and "pfpfpfpfpfpfpf" will have lots of extra company - thanks to ACORN.

Posted by: Mwalimu Daudi | Nov 10, 2008 12:36:18 PM

We have to face one really important thing. The campaign is t o o o l o n n n n g g g !!!

It went on forever. As a political junkie, I got sick of it and so did lots of people I talked to. SICK.

McCain Feingold was a sad-clown-failure. They spent 6/10ths of a billion dollars trying to get us to choose. Its madness. If a candidate ran on a platform of limiting campaigns to 4 months, he or she would win in a landslide.

Its terrible.

Oh, and I'm against Acorn vote fraud too. If it keeps up, I may not bother to vote, Acorn won't let my candidate win.

Posted by: Red | Nov 10, 2008 5:37:33 PM