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There will be more of them (polls) taken, in order to gauge the public’s perceptions.  And there will be more punditry pontificating on the meaning of the polls that are taken.  And that’s pretty much it.

In the meantime, the only poll that matters is about three weeks away.  I think that one will end in a statistical tie, like the Bush/Gore race, at least in terms of the popular vote.  The queer electoral college methodology employed to pick the president means that a great many of those popular votes are utterly meaningless.  I live in Alabama.  It doesn’t take a pollster’s punditry to tell me which of the two tall skinny men will win Alabama’s nine electoral college votes.  It will be the person of pallor.  So there’s really no point to voting.  Maybe if everyone in Alabama felt as I did, the Alabama portion of the fifty-state presidential race would be interesting, but they don’t, so I needn’t bother. 

And please, don’t preach about voting as a civic duty.  Disregard for the moment the idiotic idea (now enshrined in Obamacare), that by mere dint of existence one owes the political world his participation.  A duty is a cost, and costs are not borne without which there are benefits to be gained or other costs to be avoided.  Citizens will have to buy health insurance starting in 2014 on the pain of otherwise paying a tax.   I suffer no such penalty for not voting, and there are no benefits to voting which might make doing so worthwhile.  

Either guy–the tall, skinny person of pallor or the tall, skinny, dark-skinned one, will necessarily do about the same as the other guy would if elected.  I long ago grew up and out of the notion that a political leader can make a society better than it inherently is.  Society is as good or bad as the people comprising it.  But you won’t find that little nugget of wisdom fleshed out by any of the myriad polls taken after tonight’s debate.

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