Tom Foreman | BIO
Reporter's Note: President Obama is campaigning for Democratic candidates around the country in hopes of staving off big congressional losses in November. I’m wondering, however, if in this climate it might be a shade premature.
Dear Mr. President,
Do you think all of the polls about the upcoming vote really mean anything right now? Because I really feel like they don’t.
Sure, there are some candidates with such commanding leads, they’ll hold onto their seats unless they’re caught holding onto someone else’s, if you know what I mean. But so many other races seem so much in flux, who the heck knows what will happen?
We’ve already gone over the problems. The voters’ dislike of your party is only matched by their distaste for the other one. Faith in government is in the toilet, optimism is rarer than a 49er’s victory, and all the “Yes, We Can” chanting has been replaced by a muttering chorus of job seekers humming Fast Car.
That’s why the polls are popping up and down like a Dick Cheney heart monitor. I’m convinced that in a lot of places people are so skeptical that this vote will produce a positive change that when pollsters call, they give one answer one day, then a different one the next, and on and on it goes.
So what to do about it? Well, I’ve seen this situation before and in terms of the election itself, the answer lies in a single word: Patience. Unless either side has a ridiculous amount of money to spend every day from now until the vote, the goal is to keep expenses down while keeping the situation just generally close, and then pour it on in the final ten days. That’s it.
After all, when people can’t make up their minds or keep changing them, neither party has much to gain by winning them over early. On the other hand, when your party is getting pushed around a bit, maybe you better grab any edge you can when you can, eh? Who knows?
Got to go. Things to do. Mañana
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