Skip to comments.Why Mitt Will Win
Posted on 09/14/2012 10:13:23 AM PDT by Signalman
Now that both conventions are over, the dimensions of the likely Romney triumph are becoming clear. Both through an analysis of the polling and an examination of the rhetoric, the parameters of the victory are emerging.
Start with the polling. It appears that the bulk of the Obama post-convention bounce has been in blue states where his left-oriented convention stirred up the enthusiasm of an already committed group of voters. Among likely voters identified in the Washington Post poll taken after the conventions Obama holds a slim, 1-point edge. And an analysis of Rasmussens state-by-state likely-voter data indicates a tie in the battleground states (according to Breitbart).
But its not really a tie at all. All pollsters are using 2008 models of voter turnout. Some are combining 04 and 08 but skewing their samples to 08 numbers. African-Americans cast 11 percent of the national vote in 04, but their participation swelled to 13 percent in 08. These 2 million new black voters backed Obama overwhelmingly. Will they come out in such numbers again? Will college and under-30 voters do so as well? Will Latino turnout be at historic highs? All these questions have to be answered in the affirmative for the polling samples so widely published to be accurate.
For example, when a poll shows an Obama lead among likely voters of, say, 47 percent to 45, it is based on an assumption that blacks will cast 13 percent of the vote. But the lack of enthusiasm among Obamas base for his candidacy and their doubts about the economy make an 11 percent black turnout more likely. In this event, Romney would actually win 46 percent to 45.
And then there is the enthusiasm gap. All recent polling suggests that Republican and GOP-leaning independents are 13 points more enthusiastic and following the race more closely than their Democratic counterparts. If the grass roots do their job, this will yield a stronger Romney vote.
Finally, when every poll among every sample has Obama below 50 percent of the vote, it is most likely that the undecideds have, in fact, decided not to back his reelection.
But to crawl out of the statistical weeds, lets examine the state of the partisan dialogue. Former President Clinton made a huge blunder when he accepted the Republican challenge and flatly and loudly asserted that we are, in fact, better off than we were four years ago. Polls show that only about 33 percent of voters agree while close to half do not see the world that way.
Finally, both parties seemed happy to embrace the same formulation of the difference between them. Both agreed that the Republican Party is based on a philosophy of individual responsibility. Obama articulated it as youre on your own. Republicans put it differently: Well get government off your back. Democrats said theirs was a party that would lend you a hand.
Gallup measured these two options and voters chose leave me alone over lend me a hand by 54 percent to 35.
Over the long haul, these are the questions that will dominate voting intentions. The function of the conventions is to formulate and articulate each partys view of the world. The fact that they were so similar and that each was willing to trust its fate to the question of Are you better off? means that the Romney message will have a very strong advantage. The decision by the Democrats to embrace this choice and not to move to the center will make it impossible for them either to reelect their president or to command a majority in the new Senate.
Clinton did not “blunder” when he made this assertion; he knew very well that no one would believe it. Clinton doesn't want Obama to win, so he passively aggressively hurt him by making an argument he (Clinton) knew would lead listeners to think, “The economy may have been good under Clinton the Democrat, but Obama is not Clinton. We're not better off. I'm voting for Romney.”
You may well believe Romney will win, but Dick Morris is a snake oil salesman and email shyster. In 4 weeks you will start seeing the pre-election emails from him pimping “TV ads” that will never run. He likely makes millions off that. He goes on O’Reilly to tell us what we want to hear. He knows nothing. He is not a pollster and never has been.
Yeah, I don’t have a whole lot of faith in anything Morris says, either. I think Romney has a good chance of winning, but Morris’ assurances have nothing do with that belief.
Our *Trib-owned* paper has a lead article *Romney seeks to recover after stumble*, or some such.
It seems it was made to shore up the Libs own state of mind about Romney...[is he *really* behind? They believe this stupid garbage] These people are running scared. VERY scared. Heh.
This is bad. Really bad.
When has Dick Morris’s predictions EVER been right about ANYTHING?
Game over, man.
Agreed, When Clinton enters the voting booth, he’s going to vote for Romney, I have ZERO doubt of that, I don’t care what he says publicly.
Clinton was a consumate politician, Obama by comparison isn’t even the pimple on the arse of a good politician.. He’s an insult to anyone who truly loves the art of politics. Bill Clinton will not vote for this guy, he’ll play the part he’s been ask to play, but he won’t do anything he can avoid to help this fool win.
But if he votes for Romney in New York, it won't make any difference.
Morris was over optimistic in 2010. He was confident Reid would be defeated by Angle. I think he predicted the GOP would take the Senate in 2010.
I don’t believe this stuff about Clinton wants Romney to win. If that was true he would have declined to deliver the keynote speech. That alone would have sent a message.
Well...he did predict that Hillary would not run for Senate from NY, and then when she did run, he predicted that should would lose. Oh, wait...