I was up in Indiana for close to a month trying to take care of family business and get the parent’s home ready for sale. The town I was in is very Republican. They own the town lock, stock and barrel with the exception of the Mayor’s office. Sue Murray is so popular no one cares if she is a Democrat. I had lunch with two friends while there. Both of them vote Republican. This election they are not going to vote. They don’t like Romney and hate Richard Murdock. One of the deciding factors for them is Richard Luger’s refusal to endorse Murdock.
As I went around town I noticed a huge difference from the 2008 election. There wasn’t a single sign for either Romney or Murdock. There were no bumper stickers. The town was covered with McCain signs last time. The one stalwart who had Obama signs last time has moved so there were none of his signs either.
Driving home to North Carolina I passed through the most conservative part of Indiana. I also went through Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, and into North Carolina. Nowhere was there a single Romney sign or bumper sticker. I saw one Ron Paul truck in Kentucky. I saw an Obama sign when I got to Winston Salem.
This makes me wonder if the Republicans are planning on sitting this one out like the Democrats did in 2010? Are Republicans disgusted with their candidate because he is either not tea party enough or because he isn’t human enough?
If the Republicans are going to sit this one out it is imperative that we do not. We need to get out the vote and make sure we give Obama a filibuster proof Senate and the House back. Let the Republicans sit on their hands this time. We need to GOTV.
3:37 PM PT: Just an F.Y.I. I based my observation on Democrats sitting out the 2010 election on personal observations after talking to numerous Democrats in both Indiana and North Carolina.
3:53 PM PT: Checking on the web just now I found this analysis of the 2010 election results.