Just over 200 days away from what will undoubtedly be one of the most important elections in U.S. history, and most of the country still isn’t even paying attention yet.
Of course those of you reading this have been paying attention for years, even decades, but that’s because you’re all freaks and oddballs like me. At least that’s what the majority thinks of us.
We prefer to think of ourselves as exceptional and concerned, responsible citizens, but they see us as demented political junkies lacking in real life. Any way you want to define us, those of us who pay attention to politics more than 60 days out from a major election are definitely a minority, about 20 percent. While that can be a bit disheartening, it also should be encouraging. Since 70 percent of potential voters are in the dark about politics, those of us in the 20 percent have an opportunity to leverage our knowledge to significantly influence the myopic majority.
We have to understand that most of these people aren’t ignorant because they don’t care, but because they don’t care enough to make it a priority in their daily lives. They want to vote for the best candidate; they just have been focused on other things and need someone to guide them to that candidate. You and I can be their guides.