"Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance."
- from The Speaker
Is Chesterton talking about "Undecideds" here?
Can anybody explain to me how anyone, at this point of our presidential elections, could possibly be undecided? The pollsters keep saying they're waiting to see what these people do, so I guess they must be out there somewhere. I picture them wandering around with puzzled expressions on their faces... I've been keeping my eye open for them (the one that I'm not keeping on my two-year-old), but haven't spotted any yet.
Do you think they exist?
Seriously. Is it possible to have no opinion about the issue of abortion, one way or another? Are there really people out there who haven't detected a difference between the big-government, verging (at least)-on-socialism platform of one side, versus the smaller-government, traditionally capitalist-American platform of the other? (Ahem. Detect my bias here?)
Do some people really see no difference in the characters of the two men running for America's highest office? Are these the people who are waiting for one or the other candidate to prove himself the greater idiot by some accident of speech or fashion faux pas? Or are they waiting to get a last minute assessment of the popular decision before they throw in with the crowd?
Can it really be that there are voters out there so truly impartial that they can't bring themselves to form an opinion? Is this what tolerance has come to mean? Maybe these guys are just the ones who refuse to talk to the pollsters? Or do these undecideds live in Borneo and have no television, computer or newspaper?
I bet if Chesterton were here today, he'd have a great soundbite to explain it...