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November 3, 2012

I'm worrying about what's to become of me after Nov. 6


But I wish I had been.
Of all the Republicans who actually ran for the office, the only one who probably would have beaten Obama was Jon Huntsman, who was eliminated by virtue of being a reasonable, qualified candidate who wasn’t loony enough for the GOP’s right-wing zealots.
If chutzpah entitles someone to be president, Romney will be taking the oath of office in January. Most politicians, including Obama, do a fair share of prevaricating, if not outright lying.
But Romney has made it an art form. What makes him so amazing is that even when the fact-checkers call him on blatant, easily disproved falsehoods, he plows ahead with them in speeches and ads, anyway, secure in the knowledge that the electorate has the shortest of memories and attention spans.
If this political chameleon with no discernible core beliefs wins Tuesday — which I sincerely doubt and even more sincerely dread — it won’t be because of all the Obama-haters. It will be because Romney will have won his brazen bet on an indifferent America that chooses not to pay attention.
So, huddled masses, after considerable contemplation, here are my recommendations:
Obama for America … and Mary Ann for the prom.
Sam Pollak is the editor The Daily Star. He can be reached at or at (607) 432-1000, ext. 208. His columns can be found at

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