2010 is not a foreshadowing of 2012 just like 2008 was not of 2010 and 2006 was not of 2008. If the past three elections foreshadowed anything, they warned both political parties that Americans have fallen into a caldron of frantic emotions spurred on by a devastated economy and that roaming, apolitical gangs are wandering the dusty highways of a post-apocalyptic economic era clinging to last hopes of finding someone who will bravely stand atop the barren political landscape holding up a banner of a believable brighter future.
Like cockroaches after the nuclear explosions, gangs of Democrats and Republicans have huddled en masse in 2012 hoping to survive the fallout by shouting worn out platitudes of pre-cataclysmic issues. Yet, millions of jobless Americans, no longer believing in the protection offered by the parties, are drifting the bombed out pre-election roads looking for any sign of a future economic life that can be offered to them as a token to join these burned out, Party semblances of prior ideals.
Finding no hope of a viable plan for recovery, these poor unaffiliated souls will continue to drift right up until the election, their ears deafened to the ringing sounds of any other political issue drum that attempts to drown out the hollow sounds of joblessness. A blurry vision of a destitute future having replaced the hope for America’s shining city on a hill that previous generations bore as they entered precinct voting booths, 2012 out of work voters’ hearts will be filled with angst and fear for their loved ones.
When one dreads the potential fallout of their decision, the last thing they vote for is change. Living with the gloom of repeating the past four years of vastly lowered expectations is sadly better than the potential their vote for Republicans might shove the economy and any hopes of even a mildly better life off a cliff of despair.
The problem with Governor Romney’s campaign that no one who can turn it around is admitting, is that he has not been able to inspire even an inkling of confidence that the Republicans will spur jobs in 2013. Out of work voters find little encouragement in messages of tax reductions and smaller government at a time when 1 in 6 Americans cannot provide their families enough food on their dinner tables. When the economy is broken, even would be diehard conservatives secretly grasp onto even small life rings of government assistance that float amidst the economic wreckage. The Republican mantra must shift left momentarily to briefly aid a drowning public.
If Governor Romney’s message does not take a major course correction, not only he, but the entire Republican Party is in for an historic routing. The 40 million out of work independent voters that hold the 2012 election in their hands want viable, direct jobs plans and yet neither party has yet to grasp the gravity of this certainty. I am sure that Republican Party strategists could construct a DIRECT job plan that best fits their market ideology while assisting America out of this depression.
Continuing to manage this election like all others, attempting to energize their faithful into the voting booths rather than address head on the central issue of 2012 might work for the Democrats but it will fail miserably for the Republicans. Party faithful will turn out in droves this year for the potential outcome of 2012 elections is more critical to voters than we have experienced in 40 years. But the out of work independents will be there as a massive bloc and they will cast the deciding votes.
President Clinton’s convention speech quelled enough of independents’ anger over the slow recovery to maintain an incumbency lead going into November. If the Republican Party, and more precisely Mitt Romney, is unable to replace the out-of work independents’ fear of the unknown with a clear vision inclusive of real jobs, 2012 levers will most certainly be pulled for the disheartening status quo.