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 Friday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river. 1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.