Keller @ Large: Why You Should Vote Today

BOSTON (CBS) – Have you voted yet?

Don’t be embarrassed if you have no idea what I’m talking about, I bet you have plenty of company.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

Today is presidential primary day here in Massachusetts, and the ballot has generated little competition and even less excitement.

On the Democratic side, President Obama is unopposed.

In the Republican race, while there are some Republicans who don’t care for former Gov. Mitt Romney, the chances of Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul or Rick Santorum beating him here in his home state are non-existent.

And if Dr. Jill Stein of Lexington can’t manage to beat the two others on the Green Party ballot, she ought to hang it up right now.

Independents can pick up any party ballot without jeopardizing their unenrolled status, but few will bother to do so, and that’s a shame.

Here are some good reasons why they and all party members should re-think their apathy and get over to the polls before they close tonight at 8.

Democrats have a chance to counter all the talk about flagging enthusiasm for Mr. Obama by turning out in decent numbers to give him a boost.

Showing up will also help him and other candidates on the party ticket to identify and mobilize you this fall, and trust me, they’re going to need every last one of you to turn out.

Republicans also can make a statement by giving Romney the widest possible victory margin, or, if you prefer, by casting your anti-Romney protest vote before it’s too late.

(By the way, former candidates Rick Perry, Jon Huntsman, and Michelle Bachmann remain on the ballot, for those of you who like esoteric protest.)

And for everyone who says “aw, I’ll just wait for November,” that’s fine.

Just don’t complain about the choices come the fall, because they’re being chosen today, with you, or without you.

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. and 12:25 p.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.

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  • KathyD

    Thanks, Jon. It is so important to stand behind a right that people in other countries die to obtain. See you at the polls!

    • fred

      People from this country have died to obtain and preserve our right to vote.

    • tsal


  • DoverDavid

    Although I agree with what you wrote Jon, I think it is equally important to write about why people don’t vote. I find in both listening and talking with co-workers, friends and family that most feel that there is no real need to vote. Media outlets, yours included are so anxious to bombard people with polls and stats as to who is leading and projected to win, days before an event even takes place. Perhaps there should be a general gag order that no one can postulate any outcome starting 7 days before the event.

    • tsal

      I’m not sure I understand your comment. Do your friends and co-workers, etc let the media make the decision for them? If that’s what people are doing and why they are staying home, it seems to me they are simply making the media predictions a reality. I can’t think of one reason not to vote.

    • Rob

      Excellet comment! It doe’s not deter me, I’ve heard the same retort from way too many people. As a Vietname Veteran, I say shame of these people!

  • Jaygee

    I always vote even though I fullly understand that my vote will mean nothing with regards to changing things. The people who get up every day and work one or two jobs to survive in this country will always see the very rich get richer and many of the poor stay that way while being subsidized by government. Both political factions have gotten us to this point and as the old saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Another thing that doesn’t help this country is our elected leaders trying to be the policeman of the world. Why don’t we spend taxpayer monies on fixing the wrongs in this country and stop spending billions every week to build better roads & infrasture in Iraq & Afghanistan?

    • petem

      To answer the question in your last sentence; We don;t spend it here, because the defense industry owns Congress. If the construction industry in this country had as much influence, we would have seen spending it increase by 80+% as teh defense budget has since W and Pres. Cheney were installed by the SCOTUS.

    • tsal

      If McCain has anything to say about it we’ll be in Syria and if the GOP pres candidates keep it up they’ll have us in Iran.

  • gramps

    I through the lever for Mitt, then swung into KFC to try one of their new ‘pot pies’, much tastier than my Mitt vote.



    • petem

      Sounds tasty gramps! maybe I’ll try one after voting for President Obama.

      • tsal

        I get a choice. I can vote for Obama or I can vote against Santorum and Gingrich.

    • gramps

      Didn’t know KFC took ‘FOOD STAMPS’….


      • gramps

        petem, is it wrong for people on public assistance be subject to ‘random’ drug testing?


      • petem

        gramps, that’s low even by your standards. Perhaps you haven’t been able to find the facts that refute that ridiculous, racist claim Gingrich made.
        Here you go…

      • tsal

        petem – I don’t think either Bush or Obama put anyone on food stamps. It goes MUCH further back than that. It’s time for Americans to get the blinders off because we are quickly becoming a country where the few wealthy will prevail and the remainder will continue to slip below poverty line. Of course as that happens the top tier will crumble too – they are just too filled with self importance to see it.

        What has destroyed all other super powers? Simple……………greed.

  • yamstar1

    Hey Jon: Way to shill for the unopposed candidate on the democrat side of the ballot. You forgot to mention those that pick up a democrat ballot can select blank to express their displeasure for Mr. Obama. We as a people owe it to posterity to take the vote seriously and treat this franchise with the respect it deserves.

    • donny


      Didn’t read this column as a ‘shill’ for anyone. Maybe one’s perception creates one’s reality. That said, this column is called ‘Keller @ Large’ for a reason; he’d be entitled and expected to offer HIS ‘Keller’ view whether real or imagined… as you’re free to perceive it.

      Yes, go vote!

      • tsal

        my thoughts as well Donny!

    • petem

      nice that you’re here as a shill for the repuglicants. They of course don’t want a lot of people to vote since they loose when turnout is high.

  • Mary

    don’t vote! stop being a pawn! . presidential primaries are not part of the Constiution, and was invented by political parties in 1910. It’s simply a tax payer funded tool to help parties nominate the best candiate. regardless of the outcome of the vote the dem or rep teams are under no obligation to vote the same way at the national convention. the outcome of primaries has zero effect on electoral votes, and you get to choose best candidate v. best party.

  • Tsal

    Polls are very quiet here and the volunteers said it was even worse this morning.

  • mikey

    ..meanwhile the national debt increased by over four billion today.

  • emom

    VOTE …… WHY NONE ARE WORTHY…. Don’t trust a single one of them,,,,, A bunch of liars,, None will do any better than the last few,,, This country is messed up and it will take an act of ,,,,,,wait congress cant find their way out of their inflated bloated gold gilded purses……. HOW IN THE HECK COULD ANY OF THEM FIX THE PROBLEMS IN THIS COUNTRY……..
    GRAMPS I am with you going for a pot pie ,,, that sounds far better than the wishy washy , mix of fools we have to pick from…. ROMMNEY really,,,, can not stand him…. Obama heck can see past the deficit,,,, as for the rest not a single solid rational idea has come from them…………….
    Wait can I vote for someone else,,, I think I will write in my vote,, as soon as I find someone with the abilities to handle it all… I will get back to you on that IF I find said person…..

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