The polls reveal that “decideds” are swinging steadily to Obama (although Lord alone knows why), but that there are still a lot of undecideds out there. I have a hard time comprehending the whole undecided thing in this race. The candidates are not cut from the same cloth but, instead, stand in stark contrast to each other. It’s not easy to get confused about most of the issues, and you’d really think that, after the most over-covered campaign in American history, people would have started to make up their minds.
I’ve therefore concluded that a lot of people have, in fact, made up their minds — they’re just embarrassed to admit to their choice. Mr. Bookworm, for example, never misses an opportunity to slam Republicans generally, and Bush, McCain and Palin specifically. Then he tells me he’s undecided. Then he tells me McCain did horribly at the debate and Obama was great. Then he tells me again he’s undecided.
I don’t think Mr. Bookworm is undecided. I think he’s just embarrassed to admit that he’s planning on voting for the most unqualified candidate who has ever appeared in a presidential campaign. (Since Mr. Bookworm reads only the New Yorker and the New York Times, and listens only to NPR, he doesn’t know about Ayers, et al, so that doesn’t add to the embarrassment he feels about his choice.) I don’t believe Mr. Bookworm is alone. I think there are others of these “Undecideds for Obama.”
I’m also willing to bet that there are people who are mirror images of Mr. Bookworm, and who writhe in agony when they think of Obama and Biden, but don’t feel comfortable admitting that they’re voting for an old white guy and a former Miss Alaska. Those would be the “Undecideds for McCain.”
Only the election will tell which of these secretly committed voters is the larger group. Because of the media’s amazingly effective job in propping up Obama (inflating his resume and hiding his manifest sins), I fear that the undecideds for Obama will win big.