I sure hope the folks saying this is an attempt to go for a mandate are correct.
Mitt is down 1 or tied in most Ohio polls today with a D+ 7 or 8 ! What does that tell you:)
No they're not going for a mandate. That's delusional. They may need to carry PA because OH is iffy.
PA is in reach. PA is ground zero for the 'clean-coal' and 'fracking gas' vote and it is fastly becoming a big issue, and unemployment in PA was bad in 2008 but is much worse now.
There are, however, 500,000+ Obama votes in Philadelphia, and I don't know what happens there. Even if Philly voters identify with Obama, I'm not sure they'll be willing to stand in line for an hour this time.
I took a 200 mile trip today starting in Pittsburgh. I only saw one obama sign the whole way and not one car on the road had obama bumper stickers on it. 4 years ago, almost half of the vehicles on the road had that nasty stain on their bumpers and yard signs were as frequent as mailboxes. Looks very promising to me. Paul Ryan stopped at the airport today for a speech and there were 20 democrat protesters, 1000 RR fans.