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Steve Lunetta: Independents can make state relevant again

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Posted: October 8, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 8, 2012 2:00 a.m.

I was in Las Vegas this week for the annual meeting of AOAC International (formerly known as the Association of Official Analytical Chemists).

I know what you are all thinking. A bunch a nerdy chemists letting their hair down, getting drunk and swinging from the chandeliers in white lab coats singing about the elements in the periodic table.

Close, but not quite. We sing about the ideal gas equation (PV = nRT).

Personally, I find Las Vegas quite boring. I am too cheap to pay for a show, don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t gamble, don’t chew, and don’t hang out with scientists who do. So, I hit the buffet and then hang out in the sports book area.

The MGM Grand has the best one on the Strip, so I plopped myself down and watched a football game, seven baseball games and harness racing. Simultaneously.

Everyone in the room is rooting and yelling for something different so the atmosphere is very entertaining.

One curious thing I noticed during the commercials for local broadcasting is the political advertising. In Nevada, it is everywhere. And it is mean and nasty.

“Mitt Romney stole shoes from a handicapped child when he was 5 — would you want this man as president?”

Another exclaims, “Barack Obama secretly edited the last edition of the Communist Manifesto.” It’s almost as entertaining as the football game.

Then it hit me as I was sitting there. In California, we do not see most of this presidential advertising. The Golden State, teeming with voters, is largely ignored by the Democrats and Republicans.

Why is that? Quite simply, we have been written off by both parties. Neither Dems nor GOPers will spend a dime here because it is assumed that we are too liberal and will vote for President Obama.

Independent voters, doesn’t that make you upset? The political powers that be take you for granted and have essentially cast your vote for you. Your voice is assumed to be silent. You have been disenfranchised.

Except, in reality, you have not.

Independents can make California relevant again by doing the opposite of what the parties assume and moving toward Mitt Romney. And it is starting to happen.

After last week’s debate debacle where Romney made Obama look like the minor leaguer that he is, voters are beginning to understand what we have been missing for the last three and a half years. A president.

A recent poll by the left-leaning Clinton News Network (CNN) reported that Romney’s favorability rating among likely voters jumped from 34 percent to 48 percent after the debate while the president remained steady at 56 percent.

I would submit that one reason for this shift is that independents are beginning to see that Mitt Romney is a solid man with good ideas, a real vision, leadership skills, is well-prepared and knowledgable and ready to be president.

Barack Obama appeared as a man living on his wits and good looks. This worked well four years ago against a tired old man who knew that his best years were behind him. But against a strong opponent, Mr. Obama seemed like an empty chair.

Oh, wait. Isn’t that what Clint said at the Republican National Convention? While largely derided for his presentation at the RNC, Eastwood nailed it.

President Obama cannot stand up to a real presidential opponent and appears as an empty suit in comparison.

In fact, how many of us would even take Eastwood over Obama? Yes, I see all of those hands sticking up in the air. Even those Democrats in the back of the room.

The fact of the matter is this. We have been written off but do not have to be. We’ve tried four years of hope and change, but it’s mainly been bait and switch. Independents, do not let them vote for you. Send a message to the political powers that you will not be taken for granted.

You can feel good about your vote for Romney. He is the man with the skills and abilities to lead us out of this mess. The current administration is not capable.

Let’s get someone who is. Mitt Romney.

Steve Lunetta is a resident of Santa Clarita and lied about not gambling. He played four quarters in a slot machine in the airport. And lost. He can be reached at


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