Not to go all Ben Franklin on you, but this, taken from a Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation study, seems almost paradigmatic of today's independent voter:
For some Americans, the term "independent" is merely confirmation that they’ve tuned out of the political process....
"Washington is just a bunch of liars and thieves, and I’m just kind of sick of them," said Scott O., who would not provide his last name for publication. He said he did not vote in 2008 and has no plans to register this year.
Mr. O. abdicates his civic obligation to think critically, and to consequently act on that thought, and then he bemoans the inexorable outcome. It resembles the murderous-orphan-pleading-for-mercy defense, except in this instance, we're the ones being led to slaughter.
Indeed it is you, Mr. O., who have given us the ideological liars and the fiscal thieves and, far worse, the criminally nitwitted such as Joe Walsh, Michele Bachman, and Todd Akin. America doesn't need a majority of enthusiastic imbeciles for the nihilistic, tea-partying hooligans to have their way. It only needs, Mr. O., that crucial margin of you.
Thanks a lot.