You should vote because, with all of their “scientific” polling and political “experts” the goddamn media get it FLAT OUT WRONG a heck of lot of the time.
Remember the congressional elections of 1994, where Newt Gingrich and his band of merry men swept into Congress. The entire mainstream media establishment was floored by that. They had no idea it was coming. Not even close.
How about Jesse “the Body” Ventura. Before the election he was a laughingstock to the media. After the election he was governor.
The media’s political commentators are a bunch of gassed out windbags, who are only interested in showing how much they know about the political “process” while having no idea about the wants, hopes, dreams, and desires of the voting public. Political reporters are only useful for spewing out the candidate’s campaign spin or latching onto irrelevant issues and treating them like they are the keys to the elections.
The degree to which pollsters and political cosultants can confound the media is incredible.
Polls make easy media fodder because the talking heads can sit there and confidently state that 37% of likely voters would prefer Bush, 32% would prefer McCain, 22% would prefer to have live chickens stuffed up their butts than to have to vote for either them, and the remaining 9% are undecided between McCain and the chicken up the butt (with a 4% margin of error), without understanding how the poll was conducted, what the results mean, the limitations of the survey techniques, why survey results differ from vote totals, or anything else but those nice round shiny numbers. It makes them look so intelligent and well informed to be able to state confidently that 22% of the people are chicken butt stuffers.
I had the opportunity to vote today, but I declined to do so because, despite being a daily newspaper reader and television news watcher, I have no idea who I should vote for (or against). If I had a strong feeling (or even a weak one) about which candidate I prefer, I would vote, but they each have about balancing strengths and weaknesses.
The truly disturbing part is that as bad as the media is, the candidates campaigns are worse, leaving no real way to determine what the candidates are like or what their positions are other than the most carefully vetted fluff, or ridiculous positions designed to pander to some influential minor voting block or group of fundraisers.
So if you have an opinon, vote, and prove the media and spin-meisters wrong once again.