Disappointment

The Delicate Arch, a natural arch near Moab, Utah

The Delicate Arch, a natural arch near Moab, Utah (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I arranged my day today so that I could see Mitt at a rally in St. George, and he changed his schedule. He is in Florida today instead of Utah. Rachel Maddow had speculated that Mitt was lying low instead of campaigning in swing states because of all his gaffes. I guess Mitt has grasped the bull by the horns and has come out riding it bareback. Perhaps I will see him another time, but I doubt it. I was looking forward to looking deeply into his eyes to assess his character as George W. Bush did with Putin.

Swing states

Joe Biden und Barack Obama in Springfield, Ill...

Joe Biden und Barack Obama in Springfield, Illinois, right after Biden was formerly introduced by Obama as his running mate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The election in November will be decided in the swing states, and I live in the reddest of the red states, Utah. My vote will not help decide between Mitt and Barack; the best I can do is re-elect a blue-dog Democrat to the House.

If I could afford the time and expense, I would move to a swing state for the duration to help re-elect Barack. I would canvass potential Democratic voters, help them to register, and urge early voting and/or voting by absentee ballot. The election is likely to be close in the swing states and a few more Obama voters are going to make the difference between moving forward or returning to the dark ages of the Bush administration.

Electoral College

English: Cartogram of the 2008 Electoral Vote ...

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I favor the abolition of the Electoral College so that my vote will mean something. I live in a red state as many others do and many others of us live in blue states. Elections are contested mainly in swing states and it is those voters who decide presidential elections. I want my vote to have equal weight with theirs. I also believe that more people will vote if they feel that their votes are meaningful. It may be more difficult to steal a close election if there is no electoral college, as long as we make electronic tabulation of the vote more secure.