Contrasts & the Undecided Voter

Now that all the debates are over, voters should have a good idea of where the candidates stand and what’s important to them as we draw close to election day. The contrasts couldn’t be much clearer:

President Obama has done his best to project an image of success over the past four years. It hasn’t been easy; he’s had to avoid providing all the facts to do so:

He started receiving so much flak, even from his supporters, about not laying out his agenda for a second term that his people finally threw together some glossy pictures and vague generalities in a brochure and called it his “plan.” When you examine it, though, it looks kind of familiar:

Repackaging is not the same as having new ideas. Not that new ideas are always good ones, of course, but when one’s “new” ideas are those that have depressed the economy for four years already, perhaps it’s time for new thinking.

Speaking of thinking, there are still voters out there thinking over the choice before them. I’ve always been fascinated by undecided voters who have trouble figuring out which candidate should get their support, especially this late in the game. Just what more do they need to know? Have they even been paying attention? Why is it so hard to tell the difference between the two visions being offered? What does this say about the undecided voter’s own worldview? Frankly, this can be rather annoying waiting for them to make up their minds:

If they don’t know by now which candidate they support, might I suggest taking a long vacation and letting informed voters make this big decision? There’s a lot at stake here.