The Corner

Do Undecideds Break For The Challenger?

I bet they do. It’s the Muggeridge factor. The late British opinion

journalist Malcolm Muggeridge once said that in a general election, he

always voted against the incumbent party. His reasoning was that in an

electoral democracy, the only real power a citizen has is the power to throw

out the govt, so you might as well use that power on the rare occasions it’s

in your hands.

There are, of course, all sorts of logical problems hidden in there. It’s

rather an appealing line of thought, though, and I bet a lot of the more

cynical kind of voters act on the Muggeridge principle. Heck, I’ve been

tempted myself…