Why People Who Want “None of the Above” Should Vote For Obama
In the coming days there will be a flood of articles about the “none of the above” voters — people who don’t want either major party candidate to be president. Yet all of these articles will overlook the fact that if voters truly don’t want Obama or Romney to be the U.S. President, the logical thing to do is vote for Obama.
This year the “none of the above” voters are screwed. Either Obama or Romney is almost sure to be elected president. So the goal of these voters should evolve into ensuring that neither Obama nor Romney is elected president in 2016. Here’s where the decision become clear. If Obama wins this year there’s almost no chance that Obama or Romney will win the 2016 election. But if Romney wins there’s better than a 50% chance that Obama or Romney will win the 2016 election. For people who claim they don’t want either Obama or Romney to be president, a 2012 Romney victory is a disaster because it ensures that in 2016 one party’s nominee will be somebody they already disapprove of.
I’m not sure there’s any logical case that somebody who equally dislikes Romney and Obama can make for voting for Romney. Many of these “none of the above” voters will say that regardless of who wins this year there’s almost no chance they would approve of the 2016 Democratic or Republican nominees. Still, an unknown scenario is better than helping pave the road for the favored nominee to be somebody you already know you disapprove of.