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With the election nearly upon us, the continuing evidence of bad judgment astounds me. I surmise it's the single most reason the polls show the race to be nearly even. It shouldn't be. Well, maybe that's not true. Both parties have morphed into something beyond recognition from what they were in the recent past. When it was about the country, not the individual. Both parties have stretched truth to the breaking point. The last thing anyone needs is a flash point.

So what happens? A flash point — this time from the Romney camp’s ad about Jeeps and China. Technically the ad does not lie. Fiat did buy Chrysler including the Jeep division. And yes, they are going to put a Jeep production line into China. That is a far cry from moving Jeep to China costing American jobs. Unless you expect Fiat, an Italian company, to build Jeeps for the Chinese market in the U.S. From a business perspective, it makes no sense. Manufacturing costs here are higher, thank the unions plus the cost of shipping the Jeeps overseas. It's not even an American company, per se, any more!

It's like my KIA and me. It's a Korean automobile but it's made in the States for our market and employs untold numbers of Americans. Cost effective? Well, I could afford one.

Is the misleading ad working for Romney? Who knows? Was it necessary to mislead? Who knows? You could say fair is fair considering all the trash put out by both campaigns. But at this point, I think the voters are numb to it. At least I am.

I'd like to think in these last few days the closing arguments would be about whose vision of how the country should be managed would be of utmost importance, but no. It seems we'll go down to the wire seeing who is the most effective manipulator of facts. With four days left, will the Democrats have one last flash point to offer up? With Biden it's possible. Will the Republicans? I wouldn't be at all surprised. No one seems to know when to hold 'em or when to fold 'em.

I expect a post-election mess with voting irregularities already in evidence. It may well be Thanksgiving before we know who won.

At least we'll then have something to be thankful for. The campaigning will finally be over.

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