Despite the onslaught of SuperPAC ads and campaign efforts, many voters are fired up about beating the other guy – not upholding their own firebrand – so far in this 2012 general election.
This isn’t quite the way that President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney prefer it, but if it leads to a win in November, they’ll take it.
The enthusiasm level is down for both. For much of their bases, this election is almost more about beating (and beating up, through negative ads and the like) the other guy than it is about winning with a candidate of choice.
As a result, independent voters do not seem to have much of a lead to follow in the quest to be inspired to vote for a candidate for president instead of against a candidate.
The liberal left has found itself at odds with this administration over the course of the past 4 years at varying times, thus keeping the desire to go full bore with support at bay. Criticism of the ongoing increased use of drone attacks overseas and the decision to extend the Bush-era tax rates after the 2010 mid-term elections are just some of the presidential moves that make some on the far left believe Mr. Obama has not done enough over the course of his term.
Aside from observing the flaws in the armor of the once-invincible candidate Obama, Republican supporters of presidential nominee Mitt Romney have not shown instances of exuding high levels of enthusiasm, either. Slow-to-turn advocates including former rivals Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum highlight the resistance that much of the hard-core right has had with embracing Romney has their firebrand. Even with the obvious vulnerabilities that this incumbent president faces, Republicans have had the hardest time mustering up the same energy to get behind Mr. Romney as they have held for 4 years being against Mr. Obama.
All of this is fortunate because, at this point of time in American history, the nation needs a big jolt in the arm from a leader that can inspire the nation to push past the economic and social woes that we continue to endure.
However, at a time when more Americans perhaps need more inspiration after 4 more years of painful economic numbers, heightened social tension, and an onslaught of negative political campaigns, no one seems to be capable of rising above the fray to the point of inspiring voters, not discouraging them.
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