Dems beginning to panic at Team Obama incompetence?

posted at 8:41 am on June 13, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The Washington Post offers a slightly more mild headline — “Obama campaign’s rough patch concerns some Democrats.”  The lead sentence from Karen Tumulty demonstrates the reality of the reaction to six straight weeks of stumbling and bumbling from Team O, however:

Is it time for Democrats to panic?

That’s what a growing number of party loyalists are wondering, amid a rough couple of weeks in which President Obama and his political operation have been buffeted by bad economic news, their own gaffes and signs that the presumed Republican nominee is gaining strength.

Concerns?  Tumulty points to the report from Democracy Corps that warned Obama and his campaign that he has lost credibility on the single most important issue in the election — the economy.  James Carville’s group warned that Democrats would face “an impossible head wind in November” if the party and Obama’s campaign can’t figure out a “new narrative,” because their attempts at setting the narrative so far have failed miserably.  With less than five months to go before the election, and with Mitt Romney just getting started, the bad start for the more experienced of the two campaigns portends deep problems all the way down the ticket for Democrats.

How deep?  National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar says Romney may be in position to take three big Democratic states in November, any one of which would doom Obama’s re-election chances:

With the economy struggling to pick up steam, three must-win “blue-wall” states are looking increasingly winnable for the Romney campaign: Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Both election results (from the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall) and reputable polling show that all three states are shaping up to be highly competitive, and that both campaigns will be devoting significant resources there.

Three new polls underscore why Team Obama has reason to be concerned about their standing in the Rust Belt. An EPIC/MRA poll of Michigan registered voters released last week shows Romney leading Obama, 46 to 45 percent, with only 41 percent viewing the president favorably. In Pennsylvania, a newly-released Quinnipiac poll shows Obama with a 46 percent job-approval rating—in the danger zone for a sitting president—and leading Romney 46 percent to 40 percent. And in Wisconsin, exit polls conducted for the gubernatorial race showed Obama with a 51 percent to 45 percent lead, too close for comfort in a must-win blue-wall state. …

Obama’s team expected that the historic Democratic tilt of those states would keep them in its column. But the slow-growing economy is putting them squarely in play, one of the biggest reasons why Obama’s reelection now looks in jeopardy.

If this holds up, Democrats may be past the point of hitting the panic button, and perhaps need to be looking for the lifeboats.  If Obama loses just one of these states, it’s almost impossible for him to win the election.  Getting to the point of losing any of these states would mean that Ohio and Florida are probably already out of reach, and Virginia very much in play.  Losing two of these states would nearly eliminate any mathematical path to Electoral College victory, and losing all three would mean a landslide victory for Romney.  If all three just remain competitive, Obama will have to spend a lot of money and attention on defense in traditional Democratic strongholds, meaning less time and attention in what had been considered swing states like Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Iowa, and the interior West — all of which he won in 2008.

The economy will be the key for these states.  If it continues to falter over the summer, Democrats had better switch to a strategy of preserving what they can in the Senate and House.  If Republicans become competitive in these key states, Democrats may lose a lot more ground than just the White House.


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Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer

t8stlikchkn on June 13, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Three and a half years of incompetence, and they panic now? Dems always were slow.

msupertas on June 13, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Team Incompetence is doing fine.

hillsoftx on June 13, 2012 at 8:46 AM

I think panic is an overstatement but certainly the arrogance of certain reelection has disappeared.

Obama will not have coattails which is problematic for many Dems at all levels of government which is problematic if the GOP gets out the vote in November.

Happy Nomad on June 13, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Go Mitt! Romney is just getting started. November can’t come soon enough.

bluegill on June 13, 2012 at 8:47 AM

There’s at least one solution. What’s ACORN called these days?

The Rogue Tomato on June 13, 2012 at 8:47 AM

I’m hopeful for some change!

But things can turn on a dime, so let’s not get cocky. We have to stay focused and run through the finish line.

stvnscott on June 13, 2012 at 8:48 AM

i gotta feeling Obama will pull this out, my faith in the American Electorate is gone

murrayjones on June 13, 2012 at 8:48 AM

There are articles popping up about Republicans taking key states like Ohio and maybe Wisconsin.

Is it too early to ask if this will also work in the senate? As far as getting the right kind of change in Washington is concerned, it isn’t so helpful to have a Republican president and a Democratic senate.

Dextrous on June 13, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Democrats are too fixated on themselves to panic.

gerrym51 on June 13, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Now they’re beginning to panic? It must’ve been Wisconsin that finally woke them up. Because the Dems’ strategery there was essentially a blueprint for the Presidential election. Demonize the Republican, spend a buttload of money on GOTV efforts, and use every means necessary to rile up the Democrat constituencies. Yet they still got their asses handed to them. I see a similar fate for the Obama campaign.

Doughboy on June 13, 2012 at 8:49 AM

A net positive if they focus on saving their own worthless a$$es and toss Obama under his own bus. They may find they can’t easily detach from his coattails and go down anyway (cheap Michelle reference).

SKYFOX on June 13, 2012 at 8:49 AM

The question is, will the urban wilderness ghettos settle for Hillary, or stay home in protest when their tribal chieftain is deposed by his own party?

Archivarix on June 13, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Reminds me of that story yesterday about Spike Lee saying he’s worried Obama may not win re-election — and that he can’t call all of Obama’s detractors racist (he wants to, but he can’t . . . probably because a lot of them are also black).

AZCoyote on June 13, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Sucker play–don’t fall for it Romney. The voters, both living and dead, are not going to go Republican in PA, MI, or WI. The Post and other LSM just want to sucke the Rs into spending their money stooopidly in states they know are solid D.

2ndMAW68 on June 13, 2012 at 8:52 AM

There’s at least one solution. What’s ACORN called these days?

The Rogue Tomato on June 13, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Like the cockroaches they are, ACORN organizations scattered in all directions and have a whole bunch of names. But make no mistake, Donald Duck is still voting in Cleveland.

Happy Nomad on June 13, 2012 at 8:52 AM

This is all part of Obama’s plan to generate sympathy with independents, the only voters that matter. If they see Romney making Obama look like a weak fool who doesn’t know what he is doing, they will just sit at home and Obama wins in a landslide.

Fore more years!

Mord on June 13, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Hope & Change

KOOLAID2 on June 13, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Classic war maneuver…spread the opponents resources thin. O
pen up as many lines of offense as possible, forcing the enemy to defend, which uses much more resources than offense.

Obama’s money can’t be everywhere, and he can’t be everywhere…meanwhile, his “soldiers”, the media, are being beaten down with facts and their defense is weak.

The soldiers will soon begin to lose faith, they don’t have the confidence in their leader. and will begin to sit this one out, pushing the others to the forefront to take the beating.

This may be over by September. The voices will be like the OWS, loud, obnoxious, and few…

right2bright on June 13, 2012 at 8:55 AM

James Carville’s group warned that Democrats would face “an impossible head wind in November” if the party and Obama’s campaign can’t figure out a “new narrative,” because their attempts at setting the narrative so far have failed miserably.

So what’s the boy king going to “pivot” to now?

From the OOTD:

Obama has an ambitious second-term agenda, which, at least in broad ways, his campaign is beginning to highlight. The President has said that the most important policy he could address in his second term is climate change, one of the few issues that he thinks could fundamentally improve the world decades from now. He also is concerned with containing nuclear proliferation.

Smartest presentdunce evah!

Flora Duh on June 13, 2012 at 8:55 AM

A Regan-esque landslide for Romney is indeed possible. It seems to happen once a generation, but we damn near have to destroy the society to acheive it.

Mr. Grump on June 13, 2012 at 8:55 AM

As meachum said this am on morning Joe historians will say dear leader lost because he tried to fight the good fight against the mean ol gop (paraphrasing)
Couldn’t get anything done

Puhleeze

cmsinaz on June 13, 2012 at 8:55 AM

and that he can’t call all of Obama’s detractors racist (he wants to, but he can’t . . . probably because a lot of them are also black).

AZCoyote on June 13, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Well, consider the source.

I was working in New Orleans five months after Katrina. Spike Lee was looking for “witnesses” in the 9th Ward to prove that whites blew up the levees on the Industrial Canal to flood the lower 9th and get rid of black neigborhoods.

Of all the reasons to oppose a second Obama term, race is probably not even on the list for 99% of voters.

Happy Nomad on June 13, 2012 at 8:56 AM

The doodoo is deep in demville.

Romney by 7 – 10.

mitchellvii on June 13, 2012 at 8:56 AM

REAGAN (Sorry)

Mr. Grump on June 13, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Three and a half years of incompetence, and they panic now? Dems always were slow.

msupertas on June 13, 2012 at 8:46 AM

This.

John the Libertarian on June 13, 2012 at 8:56 AM

This is all part of Obama’s plan to generate sympathy with independents, the only voters that matter. If they see Romney making Obama look like a weak fool who doesn’t know what he is doing, they will just sit at home and Obama wins in a landslide.

Fore more years!

Mord on June 13, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Independents judging the actions of conservatives poorly and rushing back into the arms of liberals, that’s what you are going with?

roy_batty on June 13, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Is it too early to ask if this will also work in the senate? As far as getting the right kind of change in Washington is concerned, it isn’t so helpful to have a Republican president and a Democratic senate.

Dextrous on June 13, 2012 at 8:48 AM

No, it is not too early, and I think if it keeps going the way it has been going, it will be wrapped up in a few months, and the GOP and Mitt can focus on getting the Senate.

If Mitt is riding high in the polls, he can take time to stump for Republican’s…Obama will not be able to do that, he is damaged goods.

right2bright on June 13, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Obama’s biggest problem going forward is that he sucks at being president.

mitchellvii on June 13, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Sucker play–don’t fall for it Romney. The voters, both living and dead, are not going to go Republican in PA, MI, or WI. The Post and other LSM just want to sucke the Rs into spending their money stooopidly in states they know are solid D.

2ndMAW68 on June 13, 2012 at 8:52 AM

There is only so much money one can pump into relatively narrow Nevada, Virginia, or New Hampshire ad markets until full saturation is reached. Florida is bigger (though still limited) but I have a sweet feeling that the Sunshine State will be out of donkeys’ reach this year. And since Mitt is obviously too smart to step on the same public-financing rake as McLame, he’ll have money to spare.

Archivarix on June 13, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Tumulty points to the report from Democracy Corps

Yeah, but Obama ignores them: how smart can they be if they name their group after the dead body of popular rule?

Valkyriepundit on June 13, 2012 at 8:58 AM

A Regan-esque landslide for Romney is indeed possible. It seems to happen once a generation, but we damn near have to destroy the society to acheive it.

Mr. Grump on June 13, 2012 at 8:55 AM

We need to destroy this society. By which I mean that we are definitely on the wrong track. We have a spending problem that will not cease without massive change in the DC status quo. My only regret is that certain “moderate” Senators are not up for reelection in November. They need to be flushed along with the jug-eared Kenyan.

Happy Nomad on June 13, 2012 at 8:58 AM

i gotta feeling Obama will pull this out, my faith in the American Electorate is gone

murrayjones on June 13, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Have faith. Some states are too far gone(California and Illinois come to mind), but overall this country is not that collectively insane to give this guy another 4 years. I think right now the polls are close because a lot of swing voters just aren’t ready to dump Obama(at least not officially when asked by a pollster). But they’re all gonna break for Romney when October and November roll around.

Doughboy on June 13, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Why a devoted Christian like Ed never posts anything concerning the fact that Christians are being repressed displaced and murdered around the world with the blessing of the 3rd world thugs in the UN and our dear leader

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/06/13/the-obama-administration’s-genocide-denial/2/

AmeriCuda on June 13, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Donald Duck is still voting in Cleveland.

Happy Nomad on June 13, 2012 at 8:52 AM

and the DOJ is suing FL for trying to remove apellido pato from the rolls

t8stlikchkn on June 13, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Once Obama realizes he is going to lose, look for him to go scorched earth to wreck as much havoc as possible before he loses power.

My # prediction? Come January 2013, Barack Obama will be the most hated man in America by…Democrats. Remember, Democrats can never blame the message, only the messenger. Obama is the messenger.

mitchellvii on June 13, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Don’t be fooled. Emperor Hussein still has a few tricks up his sleeve and a bunch of Union Thugs on his side.

This is going to be a fight to the finish.

NickDeringer on June 13, 2012 at 9:05 AM

“After my election I have more flexibility”
“I will transmit this to Vladimir”

National security depends on a Romney win.

Greek Fire on June 13, 2012 at 9:05 AM

When Barry goes to fundraiser after fundraiser, when his answer to everything is to be the Pander Bear for every leftie special interest…

…normal Dems are waking up to the fact that he’s got zero interest in getting us out of stagflation, unless it’s through a progressive model.

So it’s as if Team 0 is telling the Dem base, “you have no other choice but to vote for him”.

Now, though, Team Barry is realizing their is another option.

Sit out, follow Clinton’s lead, and if Mitt wins, give him six months to show he’s a real turnaround artist.

And that will be the end of the Progs for another decade.

budfox on June 13, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Romney may be in position to take three big Democratic states in November, any one of which would doom Obama’s re-election chances:

wow.

ted c on June 13, 2012 at 9:06 AM

If this holds up, Democrats may be past the point of hitting the panic button, and perhaps need to be looking for the lifeboats.

I wonder what the band will be playing at this sinking????/

ted c on June 13, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Obama will not have coattails which is problematic for many Dems at all levels of government which is problematic if the GOP gets out the vote in November.

Happy Nomad on June 13, 2012 at 8:47 AM

And there is no money for them. Obama is taking it all for his election and leaving none for the rest of the Dems.

Missy on June 13, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Democrats would face “an impossible head wind in November” if the party and Obama’s campaign can’t figure out a “new narrative,”

#doingjustfine

/new narratives

ted c on June 13, 2012 at 9:10 AM

So, Obama’s gonna go all the way down?

parteagirl on June 13, 2012 at 9:11 AM

I wonder what the band will be playing at this sinking????/

ted c on June 13, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Na Na Na Na. Na Na Na Na. Hey Hey Hey. Goodbye.

Flora Duh on June 13, 2012 at 9:11 AM

As meachum said this am on morning Joe historians will say dear leader lost because he tried to fight the good fight against the mean ol gop (paraphrasing)
Couldn’t get anything done

Puhleeze

cmsinaz on June 13, 2012 at 8:55 AM

He said that with a straight face? How does he explain Obama’s first 2 years in office when he had supermajorities in Congress?

Doughboy on June 13, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Quick!! Time to manufacture more wimmens and teh gheys outrage! Stir the War on Women™ pot! Racism™! He’s Just Like Jesus™! More! Faster! I think it’s working!

hoosiermama on June 13, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Ill take a win but im really hoping for a decisive win outside the margin of error. I have a feeling Obama and his thugs will not go quietly with class.

ldbgcoleman on June 13, 2012 at 9:13 AM

i gotta feeling Obama will pull this out, my faith in the American Electorate is gone

murrayjones on June 13, 2012 at 8:48 AM

4 signs of hope: Scott Brown, Nov. 2010 mid-terms, Wisconsin, N.C. Gay Marriage vote…it took America a year and a half initially, but their eyes stand wide-open.. This will be a landslide.

hillsoftx on June 13, 2012 at 9:13 AM

James Carville’s group warned that Democrats would face “an impossible head wind in November” if the party and Obama’s campaign can’t figure out a “new narrative,” because their attempts at setting the narrative so far have failed miserably.

I think he has no choice but make and keep repeating an unfalsifiable claim, that the Republicans in congress, by failing to pass his jobs bill, stopped him from fixing the economy. It may be weak, but what else has he got? The MSM would back that narrative to the hilt, which would add crediblity. And when the Romney campaign puts out ads saying his jobs bill would just have been mini-stimulus II and wouldn’t have worked like the first didn’t, then Obama just denies it. Deny, deny, deny.

smellthecoffee on June 13, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Independents judging the actions of conservatives poorly and rushing back into the arms of liberals, that’s what you are going with?

roy_batty on June 13, 2012 at 8:57 AM

You gotta admit, it makes as much sense as Obama’s re-election strategy based on what we have seen so far. He’s running on Globull Warming and Green Energy. I guess they figure the sacred “low-information voter” is actually mentally challenged.

What else can Obama’s team do? Their only hope is meager turnout at this point. Since 2010, all they have done is smear their opposition and try to frighten both old people and youths with apocalyptic visions of the GOP.

Mord on June 13, 2012 at 9:17 AM

James Carville’s group warned that Democrats would face “an impossible head wind in November” if the party and Obama’s campaign can’t figure out a “new narrative,”

Reminds me of the HMS Bounty, when Lt Bligh attempted to sail around Cape Horn and faced horrendous weather in the quest for Tahiti and breadfruit. From Wikipedia.

On 23 December 1787, Bounty sailed from Spithead for Tahiti with a complement of 46 officers and men. For a full month, she attempted to round Cape Horn, but adverse weather blocked her.

As a result, the Bounty was eventually forced to turn around and sail eastward toward Tahiti. The ship’s crew, led by Fletcher Christian, staged a mutiny against the commanding officer.

Seems like what may be going on now????
/nautical references.

ted c on June 13, 2012 at 9:18 AM

I wonder what the band will be playing at this sinking????/

ted c on June 13, 2012 at 9:08 AM

“Turn out the lights, the party’s over” by Willie Nelson

tru2tx on June 13, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Wave.

All Romney needs to do is figure out how to give voters some snappily stated slogan to vote for, and he wins. All over the country voters are making it clear that they really don’t want four more years of Obama and- even in Blue Wall states- they are looking at Romney seriously.

In 2008 Obama was able to say “McCain is Bush” and, since voters knew they didn’t want any more Bush, that made it easy for something as vapid as “Hope and Change” to become the campaign. All we need is to find some good theme for voters to latch on to and we win.

MTF on June 13, 2012 at 9:21 AM

James Carville is the new Fletcher Christian.

Ed Morrissey will get that comparison.

ted c on June 13, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Mitt will win…the real battle is with Mitt’s 100%’s, the ones who think he can do no wrong.

He will be elected, I just want him to be sure he works for us, and not the other way around.

Others are more than happy to do whatever he says, support whatever he states, bow to him and worship the ground he walks on.

I want him to win, and I want him to work for the American people, not just his business cronies.

Every politician needs to know that they serve at the whim of the American People…and Mitt especially needs to be reminded of that.

Unfortunately, his 100$’s don’t feel that way…he can do no wrong, he is their prophet and they do not question him…shades of Obama.

right2bright on June 13, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Obama’s only hope is for him to sit back and dream that Mitt makes some gaff…like saying the private sector is doing fine…

right2bright on June 13, 2012 at 9:24 AM

0bama apparently couldn’t even write his own biography. Why would anyone think he was competent at anything as large as POTUS?

ProfShadow on June 13, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Why a devoted Christian like Ed never posts anything concerning the fact that Christians are being repressed displaced and murdered around the world with the blessing of the 3rd world thugs in the UN and our dear leader

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/06/13/the-obama-administration’s-genocide-denial/2/

AmeriCuda on June 13, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Oh Yeah, Romney and the GOP haven’t conveniently noticed (Sorta like Bill Clinton, when he ignored the slaughter of Portuguese Catholics by East Timor Muslims. The Aussies did our work for us.) Expect no concern about social (God and morality) issues from either party. Faith in America, has become a pariah.

Don L on June 13, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Obama has always been about “I glow and others don’t glow. I’m positively brilliant, like a thousand suns”. For most of us, that’s gotten old. People want substance.

Paul-Cincy on June 13, 2012 at 9:25 AM

To win, the GOP must score votes outside the Margin of Fraud.

This will be very difficult.

A panicked Donk is a creative Donk.

Bruno Strozek on June 13, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Once Obama realizes he is going to lose, look for him to go scorched earth to wreck as much havoc as possible before he loses power.

My # prediction? Come January 2013, Barack Obama will be the most hated man in America by…Democrats. Remember, Democrats can never blame the message, only the messenger. Obama is the messenger.

mitchellvii on June 13, 2012 at 9:00 AM

IMHO, there is going to be a wipeout in November, with Obama taking the Senate dems and several state officials down with him. I’m not sure when or if he will ever realize this, probably not until after the votes are counted.

At that moment, I pray that the CIA, the Joint Chiefs and the other military leaders are prepared to refuse to carry out any unconstitutional or other presidential orders that would irreparably damage national security.

Remember Obama’s words to Medvedev about the Russians waiting until after he’s re-elected for getting what they want.

This will be a very dangerous time for the country.

TXUS on June 13, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Obama is taking it all for his election and leaving none for the rest of the Dems.

Missy on June 13, 2012 at 9:09 AM

You say that as if Obama might care about something other than himself. Mooch’s trips won’t come cheap when the taxpayer no longer has to pay for her wanderlust.

Happy Nomad on June 13, 2012 at 9:34 AM

I think he has no choice but make and keep repeating an unfalsifiable claim, that the Republicans in congress, by failing to pass his jobs bill, stopped him from fixing the economy. It may be weak, but what else has he got? The MSM would back that narrative to the hilt, which would add crediblity. And when the Romney campaign puts out ads saying his jobs bill would just have been mini-stimulus II and wouldn’t have worked like the first didn’t, then Obama just denies it. Deny, deny, deny.

smellthecoffee on June 13, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Isn’t that just admitting that he’s ineffective? Reagan got it done with a Democrat Congress, Clinton got it done with a Republican Congress. What will Obama do diffferent in the second term with the Republicans controlling both houses?

AcidReflux on June 13, 2012 at 9:35 AM

This will be a very dangerous time for the country.

TXUS on June 13, 2012 at 9:30 AM

A defeated Obama is indeed a very dangerous animal. Pardons for all the crimes commited by officials in the administration. The looting of America for Obama’s personal gain. Wild pandering to every element of his radical left coalition…..

Happy Nomad on June 13, 2012 at 9:36 AM

I strongly believe that our Dear Leader will be removed from office. When you have such an obvious narcissistic sociopath with hard Socialist leanings, everything is about him, everyone else can jump off the nearest bridge. Including his fellow Democrats (nothing more than Socialists now). This is not your father’s JFK Democrat party.

electricfunksandwich on June 13, 2012 at 9:39 AM

I predict that Romney will win 284 electoral votes to 254 for Obama. Swing states: Romney will win Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, Colorado and Iowa. Obama will win Virgina, Wisconsin, Nevada, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire.

Dollayo on June 13, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Dems beginning to panic at Team Obama incompetence?

The “significant other” is always the last to “know”….no matter how obvious it is to everyone else.

Resist We Much on June 13, 2012 at 9:42 AM

And in Wisconsin, exit polls conducted for the gubernatorial race showed Obama with a 51 percent to 45 percent lead, too close for comfort in a must-win blue-wall state. …

Didn’t those same exit polls show a tie between Walker and Barrett, when Walker won the real election by 7 points? Even if Romney is running 6 points behind Walker, this means that Wisconsin is a true tossup in the Presidential race.

I’m not sure we should get our hopes up too much for PA, since Romney still trails by 6 points, and the Holder-protected New Black Panthers will still be scaring old ladies away from the polls in Philly. Romney needs to come out with a very strong pro-coal and pro-fracking energy message to win PA, and so far he hasn’t.

Relative to 2008, Indiana and NC probably have already turned red, especially after Obummer came out for gay marriage after NC voters rejected it 61-39. Florida is a must-win for either candidate.

Virginia could be a trouble-spot for Romney, since lots of Govt workers near DC are on Obama’s mad-spending gravy train, and the Senate race between George Allen and Tim Kaine is very close, driving up turnout on both sides. Romney will need to stress coal development to win the Appalachia part of VA, and foreign policy to win the pro-military vote in VA.

But if Romney could take the McCain states plus IN, NC (very likely), FL, OH, and VA (possible), he would only need one state out of the following tossup states: MI(16 EV), WI(10), CO(9), NV(6), IA(6), and NH(4) to win the Presidency. Recent polls show Romney leading narrowly in MI and IA, and tied in CO, and correcting the WI exit polls for the Walker win show a close race in Wisconsin. Romney is probably popular in NH as former Governor of MA, and has the support of popular NH Senator Kelly Ayotte.

The way the swing states are swinging, there could be many paths to the White House for Romney, but they all lead through FL and OH.

Steve Z on June 13, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Send the poseur out to LIE to us some more and Blame Bush!

Didn’t Dear Liar run on fixing the economy, banning lobbyists, closing GITMO, running the most transparent Administration ever, bills posted on the internet five days before passage, open and televised discussions with Republicans over policy? Balanced budgets, tax cuts for those making under 250,000?
Didn’t he?
Send Dear Liar out to LIE to us some more!

Instead we have bills worked out behind closed doors, passed in the wee morning hours on Christmas eve against the will of the people by bribery, coercion and WON PARTY rule!
We have a Lyin King playin video drone killer with victims selected by the luck of the draw, we have the whole world laughing at us and Syria Iran and Russia tellin us to pound sand.
We have his administration SUING STATES for trying to enforce the border laws he won’t and SUING STATES for taking dead and illegal voters off the voter rolls, we have Obama and his AG lying to congress about a failed plan to subvert the second amendment that got two American agents and several hundred Mexicans KILLED!

Send the worst pResident evah out to LIE some more that ought to do it!

ConcealedKerry on June 13, 2012 at 9:43 AM

If this holds up, Democrats may be past the point of hitting the panic button, and perhaps need to be looking for the lifeboats.

Yes.

http://hotair.com/archives/2012/06/12/get-ready-for-another-obama-pivot-to-jobs-and-the-economy/

Mr. Obama’s address in Cleveland, described by his aides as a “framing” speech, isn’t expected to include any major new proposals. While some of his political advisers had pushed for that, his economic team made clear they don’t see many fresh options…

For the White House, it was just the latest entry in the when-it-rains-it-pours ledger. This has been one of the worst stretches of the Obama presidency. In Washington, there is a creeping sense that the bottom has fallen out and that there may be no second term. Privately, senior Obama advisers say they are no longer expecting much economic improvement before the election. …

The dems must be nearly crazed with panic. Some will head for the lifeboats and many will turn shrill and release their inner OWS nuttiness.

mitchellvii on June 13, 2012 at 9:00 AM
TXUS on June 13, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Yeah. There is no telling what Obama’s fragile ego will do.

dogsoldier on June 13, 2012 at 9:43 AM

I see Bill Clinton’s master plan is coming together as he drew it up on the chalkboard…

JohnGalt23 on June 13, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Just wait until unemployment hits 3% next month and projected GDP growth is 9%.

/Plouffe

CorporatePiggy on June 13, 2012 at 9:51 AM

I wonder what the band will be playing at this sinking????/

ted c on June 13, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Warm band playing Flirtin’ with Disaster by Molly Hatchet.
“…. I’m outta money outta hope it looks like self destruction…”

LetsBfrank on June 13, 2012 at 9:51 AM

He said that with a straight face? How does he explain Obama’s first 2 years in office when he had supermajorities in Congress?

Doughboy on June 13, 2012 at 9:12 AM

meecham was somewhat amusing when he added: yes they have written it already and its on their harddrives they just havent posted it yet. and joe did indeed say that if thats the case then they will be talking about his presidency from Jan 2011 only. everyone shifted in their seats uncomfortably at that point….

t8stlikchkn on June 13, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Liberalism is in full-fledeged collapse because it is an ideology while conservatism is a philosophy.

Liberals focus on policy, jumping from one crisis to the next, claiming the desperate need for government intervention. Some times they were right, most of the time they have been dead wrong. Their ideology was developed in the early 20th century, and much like the Whig Party, it’s run its course.

Conservatism endures because it’s a philosophy about people and government and how they will act when given certain power or when they have more or less freedom, etc. Our philosophy can be applied to any political question..

cpaulus on June 13, 2012 at 9:52 AM

The best thing for the Democrat Party would be to have Obama lose his re-election bid. The dude craps on fellow Democrats so what’s the point? Plus another four years of his misguided arrogance is not going to do anything positive for the United States long term. At least Clinton had enough political instinct to know when to compromise. All Democrat congessional candidates should distance themselves from Obama. Promise that if he withdraws from running for re-election they will set him up with a drone console that he can use to go after terrorists. They can put some fake videos on the screen to make him feel like he’s saving the world or something.

DaveDief on June 13, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Wasn’t it Stalin who said something about what mattered not being who voted, but rather who counted the votes?

oldleprechaun on June 13, 2012 at 9:57 AM

There are articles popping up about Republicans taking key states like Ohio and maybe Wisconsin.

Is it too early to ask if this will also work in the senate? As far as getting the right kind of change in Washington is concerned, it isn’t so helpful to have a Republican president and a Democratic senate.

It may work in the Senate.

Current polling has the Republicans taking seats in North Dakota (open), Nebraska (open), Missouri (McCaskill), Montana (Tester), and Wisconsin (open).

A great Romney performance in Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Florida, and Pennsylvania may have the effect of putting challengers over the top there, too, though some of these seats will be harder than others.

teke184 on June 13, 2012 at 9:58 AM

This is all part of Obama’s plan to generate sympathy with independents, the only voters that matter. If they see Romney making Obama look like a weak fool who doesn’t know what he is doing, they will just sit at home and Obama wins in a landslide.

Fore more years!

Mord on June 13, 2012 at 8:52 AM

You should seek employment in the comedy field or help in the psychiatric field.

VegasRick on June 13, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Wasn’t it Stalin who said something about what mattered not being who voted, but rather who counted the votes?

oldleprechaun on June 13, 2012 at 9:57 AM

I think that was Boss Tweed of the Tammany Hall machine in New York.

teke184 on June 13, 2012 at 9:59 AM

The New York Times today has a scorched-earth editorial attacking Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett over what are actually pretty minor cuts in education funding. This looks like the new strategy: attack Republican Governors in swing states over their education budgets and tie them to the distorted remark by Romney about needing to get the private sector going instead of hiring more teachers and cops. It just so happens that Ohio, PA, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Florida all have GOP governors. This strategy would be targeted at suburban married women who don’t like cuts in education.

rockmom on June 13, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Just wait until unemployment hits 3% next month and projected GDP growth is 9%.

/Plouffe

CorporatePiggy on June 13, 2012 at 9:51 AM

interesting. BLS says workforce participation this month is..lets see….38%. meh.

t8stlikchkn on June 13, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Seems like what may be going on now????
/nautical references.

ted c on June 13, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Following their sweeping victory in 2008, taking the Presidency and both Houses of Congress, the Dems must have felt like the Spanish Armada setting sail for England, determined to subjugate their biggest international rival finally and forever. Talk about headwinds…

de rigueur on June 13, 2012 at 10:02 AM

If Republicans become competitive in these key states, Democrats may lose a lot more ground than just the White House.

That’s what I’m hoping Ed.

http://youtu.be/lJpcp9Ixxrg

JusDreamin on June 13, 2012 at 10:02 AM

I wonder what the band will be playing at this sinking????/

ted c on June 13, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Na Na Na Na. Na Na Na Na. Hey Hey Hey. Goodbye.

Flora Duh on June 13, 2012 at 9:11 AM

“we’ve got (er,um) We See your Back”

screwauger on June 13, 2012 at 10:02 AM

interesting. BLS says workforce participation this month is..lets see….38%. meh.

t8stlikchkn on June 13, 2012 at 10:01 AM

We all know that BLS is a Koch Industries, uh, corporaty, uh, racist.

/Sharpton

CorporatePiggy on June 13, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Hot House cults of personality don’t do so well without the muscle.

R Square on June 13, 2012 at 10:04 AM

A defeated Obama is indeed a very dangerous animal. Pardons for all the crimes commited by officials in the administration. The looting of America for Obama’s personal gain. Wild pandering to every element of his radical left coalition…..

Happy Nomad on June 13, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Write your Senators today, asking for planning on invoking Section 4 of the 25th Amendment. The Biden Gambit™ allows the Vice President to become the Acting President for the period of the election to the inauguration of President Romney. It need Biden and the Cabinet to work. If PBHO goes all pear-shaped on America, there is a constitutional remedy to save America from the wrath of an unhinged narcissist.

Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance.

NaCly dog on June 13, 2012 at 10:08 AM

As a result, the Bounty was eventually forced to turn around and sail eastward toward Tahiti. The ship’s crew, led by Fletcher Christian, staged a mutiny against the commanding officer.

Seems like what may be going on now????
/nautical references.

ted c on June 13, 2012 at 9:18 AM

..you mean these clowns will be moving their convention from Charlotte, NC out here to Dana Point in SoCal?

Crap! That’ll just wreck my Summer.

The War Planner on June 13, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Looks like they are going to have to canvas more cemeteries to get out the vote.

txdoc on June 13, 2012 at 10:09 AM

I’m not going to schedule the band, the fireworks, and the caterer until the day after the election. Obadamna has a list of wrenches to throw into the works if he dares. Wag the dog?

Let’s list ‘em. I’ll start.

1. Forgive college loans.
2. Do magic regarding underwater mortgages.
3. Confiscate all IRA’s, 401-k’s, private pension plans to “guarantee” pensions for all.
4. Bomb Iran.
5. Come out strong against Assad in Syrian conflict.

Your turn.

Qzsusy on June 13, 2012 at 10:17 AM

That’s what I’m hoping Ed.

http://youtu.be/lJpcp9Ixxrg

JusDreamin on June 13, 2012 at 10:02 AM

..thanks for this, old son!

The War Planner on June 13, 2012 at 10:18 AM

It’s just a shame (sham) that Obama gets to use his campaign contributions and his presidential, taxpayer-funded coffers for full time campaigning, while the Republicans are limited to campaign contributions. No matter…the Dems are going down!

RonRon on June 13, 2012 at 10:24 AM

..thanks for this, old son!

The War Planner on June 13, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Check out his Memorial day message. Upstaged both McCain and Mitt by a mile, 5-6000 in attendance, standing ovation. I had goosebumps

http://youtu.be/IoFvBXUamuM

JusDreamin on June 13, 2012 at 10:25 AM

You’d better believe Dems getting panicked.

The problem with Team Obama is that they know only one Marxist economy model, and Alinsky playbook.

Instead of pulling a BillClinton, they will double down and blame moles/’traitors’ inside their own party, and bitter clingers for the rest.

Sir Napsalot on June 13, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Obama has his finger on most of the money. He is not going to share it with mere senatorial candidates.

burt on June 13, 2012 at 10:29 AM

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