But what I did hear was a discussion between a Democratic pollster and the host of a talk show about expected voter turnout.
This is, if the pollster's information is correct, not a must-vote election. The expectation is the this will not have 2008's turnout or 2004 or 2000. I'm assuming they are referring to percentage. Say voter turnout will be 72% instead of 76%.
I say that because each year our population increases. So it's got to be percentages.
Now if the pollster was right -- and he may have been wrong -- as I have understood politics, low turnout generally means Democrats aren't rushing to the polls.
That may be an outdated stereotype. When I was a young person and in all the years since, it was thought conservatives turned out regardless. Democrats? There is the youth factor. There is also the work factor. Democrats are more likely to not have the flexible schedules that allow for easy voting.
I could go into that more but that might never have been accurate or it might not be today.
Also the pollster -- a Democrat -- didn't seem worried so I'll guess that the old beliefs are no longer true.
But the turnout is expected to be lower this year. I will be so glad when the election is over. Next Tuesday. Can't get here quick enough.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):
Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Chaos and violence continue, kebabs are out, al Qaeda is back, corruption never left Iraq, nor did US troops (despite Beecroft's claims otherwise), we look at Benghazi, terror and more.
Save us all from the sexism. Last night, Ann, Marcia, Ava and I weighed in on a sexist get-out-the-vote ad and I would have hoped that lengthy piece could be it on the topic for a bit. But sexism never ends, instead it seems to roll in with the tide.
Yesterday's snapshot noted Nussaibah Younis' "Time to Get Tough on Iraq" (New York Times) which is an important column. And one of many important pieces of writing Nussaibah's contributed over the years -- such as at England's Guardian newspaper. But today Jacob Hornberger (Media With Conscience News) decides to 'tackle' the article in the way only certain men can -- by completely misunderstanding everything about the article and about Nussaibah. So when Hornberger writes of Nussaibah, "He wants the U.S. government to get tough . . ."?