One thing which makes me suspicious of polls showing a tight race is the superabundance of reports we read of one-time Obama backers switching to Mitt Romney. We have reported the number of newspapers which had backed Obama in 2008, but have, this time, switched to Romney. Earlier today, John Fund reported that over 30 had switched.
And bear in mind that human beings make those endorsements, many of them caught up in the hope-and-change fervor 0f 2008.
Kurt shares this report about another life-long Democrat casting her first vote for a Republican:
Bryna Franklin of Jerusalem is a lifelong Democrat and a former chair of Democrats Abroad Israel. She voted for a Republican for president for the first time in her 80 years when she voted this year for Mitt Romney.
Bryna, who served for years as vice chair of the Franklin County Democratic Central Committee in Missouri and was a delegate to the 1992 Democratic National Convention, explained her decision as stemming from deep disappointment in President Obama on a range of issues.
Sustained high unemployment rates, declining property values, high foreclosure rates and the fact that a large part of every dollar our government spends is borrowed from China have led Bryna to conclude that the President’s record on the economy is dismal.
She believes that President Obama’s foreign policy actions have weakened America and undermined our relationships with our allies. In particular, she thinks that the President’s hostility to Israel does immense harm to both Israel and the U.S.
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