Read Kristine's story before I babble on.
Did Kristine turn around Ron?
Ron's initial response was a vague noncommittal response. The fact he didn't mention who he was supporting could be interpreted as a polite "please mind your own business."
After Kristine's pitch he does say he will vote for Obama but finishes with a recognition of hard work on Kristine's part. I see multiple things happening here:
- Acquiescing to vote for Obama will successfully end the pitch.
- Praising Kristine's candidate makes her feel good.
- Kristine is Ron's customer and making her feel good will probably guarantee future work.
- Praising her work is a talking skill that many employers develop to make workers feel good. See previous point.
Ron is a businessman and most businessmen do not like Obama. Maybe Kristine did get another vote for Obama. Maybe Ron secured a customer for life.
One thing is for certain. Subtext escapes the Obamanites.