Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wayne Madsen Report: Election interest down in southeast despite ad blitz

October 27-28, 2010 --  -publication date: Oct 27, 2010

TAMPA BAY--Despite the constant blitz of television political ads, general public interest in the upcoming election can be summed up as being somewhere between chirping crickets and a dull thud.

Although the Republican Party is set to turn out its hard core voters, including Tea Partiers, on Election Day, the same cannot be said for independents, some Democrats, and those who usually only vote in presidential elections.

They are staying home on November 2 in large numbers, not happy with any of the choices and uninspired by the rhetoric from leaders of both parties including President Obama and GOP mouthpieces like Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich.

In North Carolina's Research Triangle Park, there is no where near the number of yard signs as seen in past elections. When found, the signs are usually for local county candidates.

The same ho-hum apathy among potential voters can also be seen in South Carolina and Georgia during a season when many people are more focused on college football than on national or local politics.

Last month, President Obama termed Democratic voter apathy "inexcusable." That apathy is now seen as tipping the balance in close races to the Republicans.

In Florida, mainstream voters are disgusted with the choices of candidates, especially Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott, who was CEO of Columbia/HCA when it was forced to pay $1.7 billion in civil and criminal fines in 1997 for Medicare fraud.

Many voters in health service industry-conscious Florida see Scott as a corporate criminal who wants the voters to forget about his role in a major corporate fraud scheme.

Scott's previous criminality has his Democratic opponent Alex Sink, the chief financial officer for Florida, hoping that voters upset with President Obama will, at least, turn out to vote for her in an effort to keep Scott from becoming governor.

However, in the race for the US Senate in the Sunshine state, voters appear to be turned off by the three major candidates, Republican gusano Marco Rubio from Miami; Governor Charlie Crist and Republican-turned-independent; and Democratic congressman Kendrick Meek, a uninspiring and lackluster African-American candidate whose candidacy in a three-way race is seen as certain to keep the Senate seat in GOP hands.

Rightardia doesn't see Meek a lackluster. We see him as a spoiler for Charlie Crist. Had Meek not run, Crist would be the next senator from Florida and he would have been able to work with President Obama. Marco Rubio is an 'in-the-box" Republican.

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