You may be right...and I love your optimism. As a conservative I’ve been “played” every election cycle, which is understandable as an admitted member of an extreme minority. I’m old enough now to know the destructiveness of holding your nose at election time. Take High Speed Rail or the freight train, they both get you to the same destination.
People have to hold their noses because Romney STINKS. When something stinks so bad you have to hold your nose, it's nature's way of telling you that that "something" is either toxic or rotten. Ignoring your wise, faithful nose is a mistake.
I'm voting for a plurality -- the last time a liberal Democrat was elected to the presidency on a plurality, he got impeached. The time before that a liberal Democrat was elected to the presidency on a plurality, he got hammered by the Republican Revolution and was forced to move right. Seeing as how we're going to end up with a liberal Democrat president whether it's Obama or Romney, the best bet is to vote for a plurality. And the only way to do that is to vote third party.
People, HEED YOUR NOSE. As Snoopy said, "The eye can be deceived, but the nose knows."