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 Monday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2014. There are 72 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery. 1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.