The latest presidential polls are all over the map. It is impossible to for anyone to guess who will win this.
Election 2012 will not be determined by the polls, it will be determined in the ballot box. Anyone who says they know what is going to happen, or believes the polls show a definitive leader, is not reading the same presidential polls I am. Real Clear Politics just released a CBS, NYT, Quinnipiac poll that has Obama up by two in Virginia, five in Ohio, and one in Florida. The Roanoke College poll shows Romney up five in Virginia. Survey USA shows President Obama up three in Ohio, Rasmussen shows Romney up two, PPP polling shows Obama up four in Ohio. There is simply no way to tell where this is headed based on the polls.
Speaking of support, here's something to ponder in the aftermath of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's comments supporting Obama in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy: Does it not seem like any time Republicans work with President Obama, they praise his leadership? While, Republicans have used the President as a punching bag since the moment he was elected, it seems like the moment Republicans forget about politics and the election, they can't praise the President enough.
Charlie Crist, the former Republican governor of Florida praised President Obama's handling of the economy. Colin Powell just endorsed Barack Obama's foreign policy leadership. Christie turned from Republican attack dog to Obama supporter overnight after working with him through Sandy. Even Mitt Romney was praising President Obama for his bipartisan approach to economic stimulus and all the tax cuts that Barack Obama put into the bill. When Republicans stop thinking about carefully scripted messaging, politics, and elections during real life moments, they praise President Obama's leadership.
Let's look more closely at the example of Charlie Crist. Crist went through the financial crisis in one of the worst hit states, but wrote an op-ed for the Tampa Bay Times praising the president. He said, "The president's response was swift, smart and farsighted. He kept his compass pointed due north and relentlessly focused on saving jobs, creating more and helping the many who felt trapped beneath the house of cards that had collapsed upon them." Crist concluded, "President Obama has a strong record of doing what is best for America and Florida, and he built it by spending more time worrying about what his decisions would mean for the people than for his political fortunes. That's what makes him the right leader for our times, and that's why I'm proud to stand with him today."
Of course, Crist later went on to campaign with President Obama, and even though he is a life-long Republican, stated that Romney and Ryan "just aren't up to the task." Have a look:
Then, there is Colin Powell; one of the world's most respected generals, a foreign policy expert, and a Republican. Watch what General Powell had to say about President Obama vs. Romney. Powell is very specific about why President Obama has his vote:
Finally, there is Chris Christie's praise of Obama's leadership, summed up in this meme:
Watch Christie on Fox News after working with President Obama:
When the people's interests are first, high profile Republicans seem to support President Obama's leadership.
Perhaps, none more high profile than Mitt Romney himself. As the economy was collapsing and the President was preparing the stimulus, Romney was praising Barack Obama for the bipartisan approach the President took in designing the stimulus and agreeing with the composition of the bill, which was a majority of tax cuts.
I leave you with one last video that sums everything up. What happens when politics comes into the game? What about honesty? Take a look at Mitt Romney and see why I am 100% against him and why he has failed to earn my trust:
As you can see Republicans support President Obama unless they are trying to take his job. President Obama has my 100% vote of confidence and I'll be casting my vote for him November 6th, or as early as I can make it down to the polls.