... designed to pull the wool over the voters' eyes. I view it as an attempt to get more voters to actually participate in the voting process. I personally find it a disgrace that we as a people (US citizens), talk the talk about how great democracy is, and then produce some of the lowest participation rates in actual elections. If encouraging early voting gets more people to vote, then I could care less if Obama's motives are for some less than honorable reason. There is no excuse our elections can't even reach a 50% turn out when we have the choices to vote early, vote absentee, or vote on election day.
If I was ungracious, I might accuse you James, of trying to dissuade voters from actually participating. However, I realize you raise your concerns because you hope for some bellwether event to destroy Obama's chances of winning the election. That may or may not happen, but please encourage everyone to vote, even if it is sooner than you would like to see.
As an aside... I recently told one of my bosses that has been a rabid Obama supporter to shut up about politics. Why would I feel I had any right to say such a thing? Because the guy let the last day to sign up with voter registration come and go without getting his own name on the books. Some folks say that open criticism about our leaders encourages our enemies... but the truth is that if you don't participate in democracy, then the terrorists really have won.