Independents Call the Shots
there, you all are not nearly as much fun to bird dog compared to
Here's why: Independents usually determine the outcome of an
election; they tend to be a tad more sophisticated about why they
support this candidate or that or put another way, they won't support
someone just because he or she has an R or D after their name. In
fact, that might even be a deterrent. Independents are mercurial and
issue-orientated and therefore hard to predict.
In the last race for governor it was the I's and a host of
stay-at-home Democrats who handed the election to Rick Snyder. Now
some of them are experiencing a mild case of buyer's remorse.
The latest polling data from Public Policy Polling out of North
Carolina suggests that 44% disapprove of the governor while 32% are
still in his corner. 25% of the Independents are not so sure any more.
But here is the mercurial side of these folks: 49% would still
vote for Snyder with 42% going for what's his name on the Democratic
Asked about recalling the new governor, 68% of the Democrats are
ready, while only 5% of the R's agree. No shocker there. Again the
independents show why they are independnet: 55% oppose recall while 30%
Recalling new governors is nothing new. Usually there is a lot
of bluster but at the end of the day, it's mostly that and nothing more.
The media often gets fixated on this stuff and sometimes adds
credibility to a movement that is about a quarter inch deep and half a
Such was the case when "they" tried to recall Gov. John Engler.
They boasted hundreds of thousands of names. Turns out it was just
that, a boast as most of the names were phony…just like the movement.
"Watch us on July first," advised one of the anti-Snyder
protestors at a recent capitol steps rally. That's the first day they
can officially begin to collect signatures.
With 55% of the independents opposed to the recall, let's just
say the chances are not that hot.