Let's think about the personal characteristics of the candidates that mean something to the last-minute deciders who seem to have the 2012 election in their hands.
Last-minute election deciders don't have the benefit of long-term political junkies, who follow the issues all year, every year. They can't tell when a candidate is lying, because they weren't paying attention to what he or she said a year ago, or even last month in a different location.
Some politicians rely on this shallow knowledge phenomenon. Shallow knowledge is the nature of a candidate like Bobby Schilling, who can't talk in depth about any issue. He relies on his "nice guy" image. It's the Republican con game, to convince voters that their hidden agenda of selfishness and greed for the benefit of the few lucky ones will be good for the country.
It won't. Cheri Bustos is a smarter choice, with her solid Democratic value that all the people in the country are important, not just the affluent. Mitt Romney is the same story. He can appear to be firm and decisive, but people who have followed his career know he has a weak and tenuous relationship with the truth.
His business career showed a lack of morals and integrity, as he managed hedge funds that bounced companies into the garbage and around the world, throwing out workers for the sake of his personal profit.
Barack Obama is among the best presidents America has produced.
Today is Thursday, Dec. 12, the 346th day of 2013. There are 19 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Two boys who haul coal from Coal Valley to Davenport were arrested yesterday for running their teams through the city street at a furious rate. 1888 -- 125 years ago: E.H. Barker dislocated his left wrist and suffered a compound fracture of the right wrist when he fell from the roof of his icehouse. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Lou Harris was elected county superintendent of schools to fill the unexpired term of the late S.J. Ferguson. 1938 -- 75 years ago: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that a state must give equality in educational privileges to white and Negro law students. 1963 -- 50 years ago: About 300 employees of the Augustana Book Concern, staff members of the Board of Publication of the Lutheran Church in America, as well as friends of the community and out-of-town guests honored Dr. Birger Swenson at the annual Christmas dinner of the Augustana Book Concern last night in Westerlin Hall on the Augustana College campus. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The Christmas shopping season began early this year and continues to bring out shoppers in record numbers, according to Quad-Cities retailers interviewed today.