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Will (more) late-deciders follow Ann Althouse’s lead?

Conservative Blogress Diva Regent neoneocon finds it significant that fellow blogress diva Ann Althouse has come out for Mitt Romney:

Well, for one thing, Althouse lives in Wisconsin, a swing state. For another, although she is her own very unique self, she also probably represents a political trajectory shared by others who voted for Obama in 2008 and are not doing so in 2012. If so, that’s a good thing—I’d like to see a lot more changers, all around the country but especially in swing states.

Like neoneoocon, I have also been aware that Althouse has been “very hard on Obama for most of his administration.”  And while the Wisconsinite offer hints, as I saw it, that she was moving in Romney’s direction, she did not, until today, commit to Mitt Romney.  Simply put, Obama “lost” her:

Mitt Romney got the nomination, which is what I had been hoping for (after Mitch Daniels decided not to run). It was time to pay attention again to Obama The Candidate, and his campaign centered on vilifying Mitt Romney in the most inane Occupy-Wall-Street style that was completely alienating to me. Romney seamlessly transitioned from being my choice in the primaries to being my presumptive choice for President. I remained open to Obama. Obama could have won me.

Then came Benghazi, and a door closed.

(No wonder the legacy media are giving only limited coverage to this story.

Perhaps, Althouse has been leaning toward Romney for some time, but, like many Obama voters, wanted to give the president the benefit of the doubt.  Or maybe she had a sense she’d be voting Republican this year, but just wasn’t ready to acknowledge it publicly.  Wonder if there are more voters out there like that, leaning Romney, but not yet ready to commit publicly to the Republican.



  1. I know quite a few 2008 Obama voters who are switching. My daughter’s friend’s parents haven’t voted for a Republican presidential candidate ever and both are voting for Romney (the economy is their main reason).

    I have a couple of online friends in California who aren’t voting for Obama or Romney, but neither can bring themselves to vote for Obama.

    I can’t say I know anybody who voted for McCain who is voting for Obama.

    Comment by Just Me — November 2, 2012 @ 7:13 pm - November 2, 2012

  2. Perhaps Althouse is a flippin’ idiot who keeps voting a certain way even though she is told what the outcome will be, and when that outcome transpires, defends her vote while complaining about the outcome she was told all to often was going to be the result. She is a person who has several times voted for extreme left-wing people and then complained they were doing extreme left-wing things.
    I’m supposed to be impressed with her intelligence and judgement?

    Comment by JP — November 2, 2012 @ 7:18 pm - November 2, 2012

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  4. #2

    I don’t care if she votes romney because the celestial honey badger told her to, justifshedoes.

    Comment by Rdm — November 2, 2012 @ 9:29 pm - November 2, 2012

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