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Mittmentum Is Real
Slate ^ | 10-25 | John Dickerson

Posted on 10/25/2012 9:03:10 PM PDT by Arthurio

DEFIANCE, Ohio—There's a moment that arrives now and again in presidential campaign speeches when the candidate says, "If I'm president," and then corrects himself: "when I'm president." This is a crowd favorite and usually gets a healthy round of cheers. Then the candidate moves on. When Mitt Romney said this on Thursday morning in Cincinnati, the crowd reacted as if it was election night and he'd just been declared president—and they'd been given a new car. For 30 seconds, they screamed and cheered.

As we enter the final sprint, campaigns and their supporters will sustain themselves on sweeping crowd shots of supporters cheering on their man. At the Romney rally on a football field in Defiance, Ohio, the campaign had a camera hooked to a drone to get sweeping crowd shots. So far this campaign we've had fights over facts, and then it was a fight over the polls. Now we're having a fight over momentum. Who has the larger crowd? Who has more enthusiasm?

Trying to read a crowd is mostly a mug's game. I remember attending a John McCain event in Appleton, Wis., in 2008 that made the ground shake in the gymnasium. McCain lost Wisconsin by 14 points. Still, for Mitt Romney, who was once considered merely a tepid vessel of anti-Obama feeling and who had trouble in the primaries stirring the party faithful, he’s peaking at the right time. The lines snake through neighborhoods and people leave hoarse and buoyant. It used to be that his crowds were most excited when he said mean things about Barack Obama. Now that's not what is getting most of the cheers. They cheer for Romney, the guy up there on stage.

(Excerpt) Read more at slate.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: romney; slate

1 posted on 10/25/2012 9:03:15 PM PDT by Arthurio
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To: Arthurio

This is great. I hope & pray that he wins, wins big, and then lives up to the job.


2 posted on 10/25/2012 9:09:23 PM PDT by outofstyle (Down All the Days)
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To: outofstyle

He will if we get a Republican controlled Congress.


3 posted on 10/25/2012 9:19:16 PM PDT by Catsrus (Ma)
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To: Arthurio

I actually went to Slate to read the entire article. There was a link to another story which made me nervous as heck, “Obama Back Up by Five Points,” til I clicked on the link ... Dated October 4th. :)


4 posted on 10/25/2012 9:23:01 PM PDT by 11th_VA (Keep your laws OFF my Big Gulp !)
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To: 11th_VA

I always thought Slate was a pretty good website, actually.


5 posted on 10/25/2012 9:28:58 PM PDT by goodolemr
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To: Arthurio
I predict morose drunkenness, suicidal thoughts, rage and drug abuse rampant at Slate and thousands of other such places on November 7th.
6 posted on 10/25/2012 9:37:59 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 11th_VA

I actually went to Slate to read the entire article. There was a link to another story which made me nervous as heck, “Obama Back Up by Five Points,” til I clicked on the link ... Dated October 4th. :)”

Sleep well my friend - Gallup, Ras, and ABC trackers all show 3 point lead for Romney today.

It’s all coming together nicely.


7 posted on 10/25/2012 9:58:33 PM PDT by WOSG (REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMA. He stole America’s promise!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

LOL.


8 posted on 10/25/2012 10:01:20 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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9 posted on 10/25/2012 10:58:44 PM PDT by rawhide
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