Dear Undecided Voters: We Hate You
Timothy Egan wants these 'idiots' to make up their minds
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 5, 2012 1:33 PM CDT
If this mirrors your electoral decision-making process, you are likely either uninterested or stupid.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – If you're an undecided voter, it's time to make up your mind. "The rest of us are sick of pretending to care about you, saying nice things about you, doing your damn laundry," writes Timothy Egan in the New York Times. "You are not Solomon, carefully weighing the choices. You're a ditherer. You probably panic at 'paper or plastic' in the supermarket." The political world is intensely studying you, undecided voter. But you're not returning the favor.

A recent Washington Post poll found undecided voters were the least interested in watching the debates. Why would you? You're not interested in knowing if Mitt Romney's tax plan does or doesn't add up, or how effective Barack Obama's stimulus was. For vague, ill-informed reasons, you don't like either, and assume all parties are the same. Of course, if you were paying attention, you'd know that was not true. But "if you'd been paying attention, of course, you wouldn't be undecided." On the bright side, at least you might not be nearly as important as everyone thinks. For reasons why, click here.

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MacktheKnife
Oct 6, 2012 3:14 PM CDT
LBJ pushed through massive legislation during his one term. But he didn't have to deal with this dismal Congress with its 12% approval rating. As Tom Coburn quipped, " I'd like to know who those 12% are that approve". Clearly they are among those that simply have no interest in how this country is run. At present Special Interests write our laws and that is unlikely to change. Medicare Part D was a huge piece of legislation in 2003, written by Big Pharma which gave itself numerous perks. There were 2000 lobbyists during Carter's run. Now there are 20,000. The dog house is infested with fleas and Romney can boast all he wants about how he will get Congress to work with him, but he has about as much chance as a one legged man in a butt kicking contest.
urbanwildlifeNC
Oct 6, 2012 1:26 PM CDT
I was so happy to come across this, i hate dumb-ass undecideds so much. Yes, I wish there were more parties and more substantive discussion of issues but to the people who live in the fantasy world of conspiracies that there other forces at work or that all the candidates are the same, you're delusional. I'm glad you choose to give up your right to vote between "two evils" because I don't want mentally incompetent assholes to be able to vote anyway. I admit that at times it can be a wash when trying to find differences between candidates but a majority of the time the opposite is very true and although presidents don't have as much power as idiots think they do (remember congress? every day interactions of citizens? the market? complex global daily interactions?) they do have significant influence and it is important to vote. If it is important to vote then it is important to make the right choice right? Which would support undecided voters? Wrong, there has been enough time to know the difference between the candidates and even though candidates appear moderate during elections (sound familiar to uninformed losers who think they're choosing between the same thing who actually believe this ploy?) they are indeed not actually moderate and their will be differences in their administrations. Finally, I will admit my frustration with undecideds possibly stems from my frustration with moderates. I am pretty liberal fiscally and socially and when people cannot pick a side it frustrates me, although I do fully understand there are grey areas.
jope
Oct 6, 2012 12:53 PM CDT
Choosing the right candidate is very important.Had Al gore been president,many lives would have been spared ,many young people would be using their own limbs instead of prosthetic ones.And according to my calculations ,September 11th would not have happen.Sometimes choosing the right president is a matter of life or death .