Statistically, President Obama is going to win re-election today. According to Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight, Obama’s chance of winning is 90.9%. I’m not telling you this so you won’t feel like you have to vote. You really need to vote, but mostly for the municipal, county and state issues on your particular ballot which have far more impact on your lives than does the Presidency.
If you are lucky enough to live in California, you are free to register your distaste with the President’s lack of commitment to progressives and issues we care about. There is literally no chance President Obama will lose the golden state today. It’s a foregone conclusion. This means you are free to vote for a third party candidate if you desire. I’m personally voting for Jill Stein of the Green Party. Rocky Anderson of the newly formed Justice Party is also a very good choice. If you’re a libertarian, well, you can vote for Gary Johnson.
If you live in any solid “red” state like Texas. Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, etc. you can vote for either Obama or any third party candidate because there is no chance that Rmoney will lose in those states. If you are a die-hard Obama hater in one of these “red” states you don’t have to vote for Rmoney just like people in California or New York don’t have to vote for Obama today. You can choose a third party candidate and rest assured that your guy will win anyway.
Now, if you live in Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida or Ohio you have a serious choice to make. Do you want to vote for a candidate who is beholden to corporations that have captured our governments and regulatory authority. A candidate that has shown deference to corporate interestes over the interests of citizens, or do you want to vote for someone who is literally the embodiment of corporate interests. Of course, the former is President Obama and the latter is Rmoney. It’s an ugly choice, but it falls to you in those states above to decide for the rest of us whether the empire collapses more slowly or descends into fascism at a rapid clip. All I can offer by way of advice is to point out that this will likely be President Obama’s last campaign for anything ever. If he is re-elected, he may be able to find the courage to do the right things. May. Rmoney is just a one way ticket to straight up corporatism and the end of even our illusion of democracy.
One more thing. Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight now has Ohio solid blue with President Obama showing a 90.6% chance of winning that too important state. If the GOP is going to try and pull off another 2000 or even 2004 and steal this election, Ohio is where they will again stage that coup. Watch the exit polls in Ohio and to a lessor degree Florida very closely, if they don’t match up to the “real” election results, that will be the sign that the GOP is trying to steal the executive again. I can only hope that we will have the wherewithal to stop them this time.