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Posted on 09/08/2012 10:09:39 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
I wrote a few days ago that if the Democrats could maintain the enthusiasm they showed on the first day of their convention for all three days, Mitt Romney would be in serious trouble.
They did, and he is.
If this is not what the polls currently show, try to remember that polls are not destiny. And you should not let them shape it.
Democratic enthusiasm real fire-in-the-belly enthusiasm is a killer for Romney for one big reason: There is no sizable pro-Romney movement in this country. There has been a sizable anti-Obama movement.
There are relatively few Republicans deeply in love with Romney. (I except his family, friends and paid staff.)
There never has been. Romney won his nomination by being the most electable general election candidate in a weak and whacky primary field.
He won, in other words, not by devotion, but by default.
His campaign is fueled by dislike for and disappointment with Barack Obama. That dislike and disappointment is real.
In 1996, the last time a Democratic president ran for reelection, there was a significant anti-Bill Clinton movement in this country. This was before the Monica Lewinsky scandal. But a lot of right-wingers hated Bill Clinton and felt he was guilty of unspeakable crimes like murder and drug-trafficking. That didnt mean there was a significant pro-Bob Dole movement, however. And Clinton won easily by 8.5 percentage points.
This is not 1996, the economy is bad, the cast of characters has changed and nobody is going to win by 8.5 percentage points. But the dynamic is the same: It is harder to turn out a vote against someone than a vote for someone.
Anger is not a movement. Disappointment is not a cause. And passionate support is an antidote to both.
Except for a very sloppy bobble over their platform, the Democrats staged a masterful convention. It went from Michelle to Bill to Biden and Barack. The emotion built every night and something very unusual was revealed.
There has been a shocking transformation in the American political landscape.
As Jeff Zeleny of The New York Times tweeted Thursday night: A striking difference between conventions: Military service, patriotism are center stage at Democratic convention and nearly absent at GOP.
Virtually overnight, the Democrats have become the party of strength and loyalty to country. This is a huge role reversal.
And Mitt Romney gave the Democrats an opening by what he said or, rather, failed to say in his acceptance speech in Tampa last week.
As Sen. John Kerry, Democrat from Massachusetts, said in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday night: No nominee for president should ever fail in the midst of a war to pay tribute to our troops overseas in his acceptance speech. They are on the front lines every day defending America, and they deserve our thanks.
The Democrats have also elevated the killing of Osama bin Laden to an actual difference between the two candidates.
Joe Biden said: When [Romney] was asked about bin Laden in 2007, he said, and I quote, Its not worth moving heaven and earth, and spending billions of dollars, just trying to catch one person. He was wrong.
Biden said that Barack understood that the search for bin Laden was about a lot more than taking a monstrous leader off the battlefield. It was about sending a message to terrorists around the world if you attack innocent Americans, we will follow you to the ends of the earth!
Love and toughness, those were the two themes the Democrats ended their convention with.
This man has courage in his soul, compassion in his heart and steel in his spine, Biden said of Obama.
And when it came time for Obama to speak, he made clear that toughness meant facing up to a tough road ahead. He even dared a restatement of John F. Kennedys famous ask not line.
America is not about what can be done for us, but what can be done by us, Obama said.
I wont pretend the path Im offering is quick or easy, he continued. I never have . And the truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades.
Obama, like the other speakers, portrayed the Republicans as doomsayers who were selling short the strength and resolve of the American people.
Our problems can be solved, Obama said. Our challenges can be met. The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place.
It leads, he hopes, to four more years in the White House.
Roger Simon is POLITICOs chief political columnist
Wow. And they call themselves the smart people.
” There has been a sizable anti-Obama movement”
WELL at least they admit it
All that talk of abortions and condoms sure got the ‘RAT freeloaders fired up, right Roger?.
This guy needs to lay off the Kool-Aid.
“I wrote a few days ago that if the Democrats could maintain the enthusiasm they showed on the first day of their convention for all three days, Mitt Romney would be in serious trouble.
They did, and he is.”
I laughed out loud in exasperation and stopped reading. These people are out of their minds! I am not amused by them. They are our enemies!
This is why having Clint and Rubio before Romney after 10pm was a huge mistake, instead of that extraordinary family video worthy of Ken Burns that NO ONE saw at 9:45. My wife and I could never stand Mittens, but were captivated by the 8mm clips with an exasperated Ann chasing the kids and cheap Mitt putting the wrong lightbulb in a lamp and then using foil to block the light. It was amazing, and would have entranced America. But instead we got the Clint distraction, which I enjoyed, and the lackluster Rubio speech, which few enjoyed and which existed solely to pander to Hispanics. The Romney folks simply blew it.
I expect Obama to win.
If Romney loses, the GOP will disintegrate.
“Fake Polls, Fake Polls, watcha gonna do when nobody with a brain believes in you?” (To the Tune of Bad Boys)
Every objective measure says Obama is losing badly; from number of donors to his shrinking crowds, (Eastwooded by 77,000 empty seats..)etc. But the “polls” will claim its a close race from now to election...
Hint, when they have to over-sample democrats by an average of double digits it’s not a close race.
Tell me Roger... What color is the sky in your world?
Number of Republicans (vs. Democrats) in America Reaches Record High - Rasmussen
Aug 12 +4.3%
Nov 10 +1.3%
Nov 08 -7.6%
Nov 04 -1.6%
I really listened to Romney and Ryan .... and now I will be voting FOR them.
I caught a replay of Romney's visit to Iowa yesterday on C-Span, and damn it...he has thought this through, he really does have a plan, and I sat there realizing this is the right man for the times.
I want R/R to win even more than I want Obama to lose ... and that, my friends is QUITE a lot!
From the far-off and cool neutral air of the Czech Republic, I agree with you.
I’m not a betting man, but if I were, I’d put my money on Obama for re-election.
The GOP will retain the House of Representatives, and I think the Democratic Party will just barely retain the Senate (and that would be largely because of VP Biden).
That’s just how I see it breaking down.
I don’t necessarily know if the “GOP will disintegrate” if Romney loses, but I think there will be some kind of intra-party warfare in the GOP between the TeaParty/Social Conservative faction and the moderate factions. If the GOP powers-that-be get their way, I’d expect the TP/SoCon faction to be purged from the GOP, and they in turn will go on to lay the groundwork for their own political party.
Bull pucky; this guy is writing out his fantasy life from somewhere beyond alpha centauri.
great pic !