Mr. Finke lives in a red state, Kentucky, with his wife, Shelley, who is also a gray state citizen. She works out of their home, where she helps manage her husband’s second career as a jazz trombonist.
“I tend to be a procrastinator,” said Ms. Finke, 44, who said she operated best with deadlines.
She voted for Mr. Bush twice and describes herself as “a conservative person at heart.” At the beginning of the campaign, she was suspicious of Mr. Obama “because of the whole Hollywood thing,” but she has since warmed to him.
“My opinion of Obama has definitely risen during this campaign,” Ms. Finke said. “And my opinion of McCain has fallen.”
So it sure sounds as if Ms. Finke is moving toward Mr. Obama, the Illinois Democrat, right?
Not so fast.
“I’d say I’m leaning towards McCain,” she said. “For as awful as things are with this Republican administration, there’s something about the whole conservative thing that appeals to me.” Put her down as “leaning McCain” then.
“But maybe I’ll vote for Obama,” she said. “How many days are left?”
Two, as of Sunday. While many people in this campaign-saturated country are relieved that the election will soon be over, some of the undecideds figure, What’s the rush?
“I might flip a coin,” said Vasilios Gerovasiliou, 64, of Concordville, Pa.
So, there you have it: the definition of a swing voter is a white, conservative voter yanking your change. I say let's move on....