The sense I'm getting from the polls is that Obama is ahead but only just. Two to three points seems to be the lead, a gap that can probably be easily erased by voter suppression and minor tinkering with the electronic voting system.
Eyebrows will be raised, sure, but that's now standard fare for any election in the self-proclaimed, albeit undeserved Greatest Democracy on Earth (TM).
Yet I'm far from sure that a Romney victory will be the worst thing for America. It may in fact be what's needed to spark the sort of upheaval without which the United States, and the world, would be worse off for decades to come. Something needs to break the corporatist hold on the United States and it's hard to imagine that an Obama administration held hostage again by a Republican House and an obstructionist Republican minority in the Senate would do any better than Obama did in his first term.
Romney might just be the straw to break America's back and rouse its beleaguered working classes, white and blue collar, from their stupor and steer them back into defending their collective self-interest.
Romney might be the stimulus required to re-energize the Occupy movement.
It's sad to say but I think the future of the American people, if they're to have one, lies in some sort of popular revolt. The oligarchs are close to cementing their hold on the country. American democracy is already reeling from the impacts of a hopelessly corrupt, "bought and paid for" Congress and a similarly corrupt and decidedly corporatist judiciary, aided and abetted by a corporate mass media.
Imagine what Romney will do, not for America but to it. More tax cuts for the rich made up for by new taxes on the middle class and the slashing of benefits and assistance for the working poor and the extremely poor. No action on climate change and an extreme form of austerity that will leave the federal government unable and unwilling to provide adaptation initiatives. Romney even wants to offload emergency services to the much more cash-strapped state governments.
America seems primed to explode or implode, one of the two. The status-quo is no longer a viable option. It will either implode under the crushing pressure of corporatism or explode from the fury of progressive populism. Romney seems to be the burning fuse that will reveal the outcome.