When a Presidential campaign has the kind of month Mitt Romney’s had, its traditional to start offering critique.
USA Today– The day began with bad news for the Romney camp: A new poll from Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News that was released Wednesday shows Obama ahead by 10 points in the state, the latest of several polls showing him with a lead.
“Obama is trying to get out (the message), ‘Don’t bother voting, because it’s over with, I got it,” said Ted Wojtasik, 55, a tanker driver who attended Romney’s business roundtable here. “Romney needs to grow a set and open his mouth and go after this guy.”
If the Romney’s lived down the street from me in a suburban middle class neighborhood, I bet I’d think they were a neat family. This may irritate some diehards, but if the Sarah and Todd Palin lived down the same street, say he a craftsman and she an english teacher, with their rambunctious kids and adventurous thirst for life, I’d probably like them too. But for whatever reason, Palin seemed to easily make that regular person leap and connect with the grassroots base. Romney simply has not.
I think that’s it right there. Mittens is a centrist right, practical wonky control freak. And that’s not meant as an insult, it’s a compliment, if left to his own judgement, he’s capable of governing with competence. Palin maybe not so much, but because she connected in those first few weeks to a ton of voters, in person, tirelessly working rope lines and chatt’n folks up; she actually got to know a little bit about some of them, that’s what party foot soldiers want, just a tiny bit of recognition and brief connection. Palin delivered that, so when push came to shove, like it does in any big election, there were scores of people in communities all over America who came to her defense, full throated, with passion and enthusiasm.
Rommey’s record, his background, even his current views as vague as they may be, are far more defensible, imo, than Palin’s as far as being POTUS or anywhere close. But the enthusiasm gap is real and Paul Ryan hasn’t closed it. If it continues like those through mid October the knives are really going to come out, as each wingnut grifter games out the best way to personally benefits from Romney’s defeat.
There are a million things wrong with Romney, starting with the few proven disastrous policies we know he actually would champion all the way through his merciless reign at Bain. There’s a million things wrong with the teahardist movement; not the least of which is, quite deliciously in my view, their baseless contempt for Obama blinded them to what an effective political opponent non-wingnut journalism and non pseudo-history clearly show him to be. But I think the root of his drop in the polls it is that Romney really is an out of touch rich guy who was forced to go so far right he almost left Euclidean space. Moreover he seemed to get lost out there somewhere, leaving bloggers and pundits wondering if the next leap would finally be Romney’s leap back home.
Pundits and bloggers are full of advice for Team Romney – I don’t think there’s anything he can do. This loaf is baked. Republican hopes now hinge on a near miraculous debate performance and swing state voter suppression schemes. Those are the only known wildcards left, so odds are I’ll be shifting a bit more to blogging Senate and House races over the next week or two.
There are some great candidates fighting for their political lives, with the Senate – and it looks increasingly like the House – in play. There’s Warren vs Brown, our friend Mr. Todd Akin is being quietly made over off by the conservative machine, and then there’s Tammy Baldwin:
Homepage Bio — Tammy also helped lead efforts in Congress to repeal federal restrictions on stem cell research … As Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, she is leading efforts to advance the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and other civil rights initiatives. She is the lead author of legislation to extend benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.
She also holds degrees in mathematics, government, and law. How many in the House or Senate do you suppose have a freaking math degree?
There’s way more great people running this year, each with more interesting stories than I know about, than I can cover. Early October is the premo time when we might make a difference in one or two of those races.