A Citizen’s Guide to Greece 2015


December 23, 2012

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Written by: Politis

The title of a recent analysis in Politico – “The disappearing independent” – struck this reader as personal. I looked down at my hands, at my feet; checked in the mirror to see that my nose, ears, and eyebrows were still there; I even dug out my blood pressure gizmo to make sure my heart was still in place. Everything was in its place, but apparently I am at risk.

As Luis Romano, the author of the article, writes,

Many voters who chose to remain unaffiliated with either party are no longer shifting their allegiance from election to election, candidate to candidate. Instead, they are becoming increasingly partisan and predictable.

I must admit to a sense of inevitability at differing points of the election cycle. I am an independent. I have my own ways of calculating which candidates I want to vote for in different election contests. I am not a Republican or a Democrat.

This annoys a lot of people, who seem to believe that because I am consistently attached to one or the other of the main parties in US politics I cannot make up my mind. I am fickle. I am undecided. Or I am – brace yourself – moderate.

Never mind that fewer voters are openly members of the Republic and Democratic parties. The trend, if the analysis is correct, is for voters to dispense with a formal affiliation. Or are they dissimulating in this age of perpetual polling?

Democratic strategists say that when their early polling picked up that the percentage of voters who identify themselves as Republicans was dwindling — and that self-identified independents were surging — they didn’t assume this was good news. A closer look at this shift revealed that in the past few years, a large number of tea party Republicans switched their registration to independent but nonetheless voted firmly in the GOP column.

For Democrats, something similar was occurring. The hundreds of thousands of Latinos registering for the first time preferred to be listed on the rolls as “unaffiliated” or independent – but were actually far more likely to vote Democrat.

Accordingly I am not who I think I am, nor ever thought I was. I am an IINO – independent in name only, and for all the attention that has allegedly been paid to me I am increasingly irrelevant. Or I am a waitress mom – white, married, non-college-educated women 40 and older.

Let’s see. White – check; married – check; non-college educated – smoked my diploma long ago; woman?

Pardon me while I see that the family jewels are still in order.



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