As it stands right now there is, according to the polls, a 'dead heat' between President Barack Obama and presidential wannabe Mitt Romney.
But this is the national vote and what counts now is the state of the play in the crucial swing seats. Essentially this election has come seven to nine "swing states"-- and they mostly indicate small but significant leads for Obama. I think Obama will win another four years and do so quite comfortably. Romney, I guess, will go back to asset stripping and hiding his ill-gotten gains overseas. And the opinion poll pundits will have to find something else to drone on and on about.
Of course there is no great celebration to be had in the re-election of Obama. If he is the so-called 'lesser evil ' then he is the 'lesser evil' who has been yet another president of the machine. He has defended and promoted the interests of America's capitalist class at the expense of the very people who put him into the White House. It's little wonder that Democrat Party workers say that it has been harder this time getting people to pledge their vote to Obama. Yes,I want to be beaten me over the head with a big stick for another four years!
Under Obama there have been trillion dollar bailouts for Wall Street while more and more ordinary Americans have been plunged into poverty. And then is the continuing "war on terror," and more domestic civil liberties shredded. How bad has Obama been? Let me count the ways.
The politics of "lesser evilism" preached by the liberal establishment implicitly accepts the shift of the entire political debate to the right, because supporting the lesser evil requires closing down the criticisms of activists and the left. So multi-millionaire Bruce Springsteen sings some songs at an Obama rally and Obama doesn't have to talk about the stunning growth of inequality under his presidency and why he is doing virtually nothing on the issue of climate change - indeed he's promising to burn more fossil fuels.
It's worth reading Hal Draper's essay 'Who's Going To Be The Lesser Evil in 1968? ' on the politics of lesser evilism and how it applies to the Obama-Romney dichotomy.
For me, one the most interesting thing about this election will be to see how many Americans decide not to vote If its like other presidential elections it will be anywhere between 40 and 50 percent of eligible voters. This is a indictment of the failure of 'representative democracy' and not an indictment about the 'apathy' of American voters as the political establishment will inevitably claim.
Ten million people who voted for Obama in 2008 were so disillusioned that they didn't vote in the 2010 midterm elections, when the Republicans took back the House and nearly won the Senate
Nearly half of American voters have worked out that neither the Democrats or Republicans represent them.
Given that both Obama and Romney are committed to more austerity polices over the next four years there certainly there won't be any improvement in the lives of ordinary Americans over the next four years.
The ugly reality is that Americans have few alternatives to the two political wings of corporate America. Voting for Green Party candidate Jill Stein or some other left-wing party is a creditable option but these are limited campaigns without a large nation-wide movement behind them.
The job of building a real left wing alternative in 'the land of the free' remains the task at hand.