I truly enjoy reading all those posts that seemingly pit liberals vs conservatives. All the posturing, the jabs, the witticisms where the author seems to be the only one that finds the wit amuse those of us that are registered Independents. Both of the camps seem to either forget or realize that without Independents neither side will win. They need us. Now while it is true that this election I lean so far to the left even I am amazed I do not fall down. It has not always been thus. I know some will find it hard to believe but I even voted for GWB the first time around. While jumping around on line I came across the following and I submit it for your perusal: If a political observer jumped into a time machine and traveled from January 2008 to today, he might be startled to see McCain's current performance among independents in the latest NBC/WSJ poll. He trails Obama here by 12 points, 49%-37%. What's striking (and ironic) is that McCain's political brand has been forged by his stature with independents -- and it's what always made him the strongest Republican to run in this cycle. Conversely, McCain is doing very well with the GOP base in the poll. He's winning handily among evangelicals, small town/rural voters, and folks in the South. Did McCain make a miscalculation by trying to please the base -- with Palin, taxes, abortion, judges -- instead of trying to win the middle? As NBC/WSJ co-pollster Peter Hart (D) puts it, "If you don't win the middle in America, you don't win the election." If there is an upside to McCain's focus on the base, it's that it may prevent any electoral landslide.