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The pundits are heavily invested in the idea that it's neck an neck. After all, "The election remains a foregone conclusion, details at 11," isn't a very effective way to get people to tune in at 11:00.

Campaign spokesmen say that their candidate is winning a close election for the record; loyal ones say the same thing off the record. But how do the politicians act?

Sure all the speakers at the DNC gave raves to Obama -- most of them were politicians with a future, and they might need an Obama endorsement sometime in the next 20 years (maybe the next 30 years in the Castros' case). Christie was more interested in running for the nomination in '16 than he was in getting on Mitt's good side. This showed that he thought that:
1) There would be a Republican nomination fight in '16 -- and thus not a Republican incumbent running.
2) Romney would have little influence on the party in '16.
He not only thinks that they'll lose, he thinks that they'll blame Mitt.

Scheduling a "mystery surprise speaker" at your convention is not something you do when you're concerned with maintaining a slim lead -- much less a speaker planning to speak extempore. It's a "Hail Mary." So this one bombed; so what? It was, at least, an attempt to change the discourse. (Of course, Eastwood did succeed in changing the discourse, just not in a way that the planners wanted. For that matter, he was a surprise, and he was a mystery, a greater mystery after the speech than before.)

The Democrats, on the other hand, were acting like people who had the election in the bag. The platform wasn't designed to win votes; it was designed to be something you could point to and say: "Well, this is what the American people voted for."
Marriage equality
A woman's right to choose
Obamacare
"The Hopey-Changey thing" in Palin's famous words.

 

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)
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    valadon, Viceroy, retLT, mkfarkus, alain2112, antooo
  •  Of course they'll blame Romney (1+ / 0-)
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    codairem
    Romney would have little influence on the party in '16.
    He not only thinks that they'll lose, he thinks that they'll blame Mitt.
    The loser always gets blamed. You didn't see John Kerry at the convention in '08. Even poor Gore, who really did get a lot of bad breaks to say nothing of the venomous press coverage he received and actually went on to win the popular vote, was almost a disgraced figure after the 2000 election was decided.

    John McCain at least kept his Senate seat in '10 and is still the principal guest on Meet the Press.

    But there will be no home for Romney in fashionable Republican society after this is over.

    "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

    by Demi Moaned on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 11:56:39 AM PDT

  •  This is absurd, of course, (1+ / 0-)
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    antooo

    and President Kerry agrees with me.

    But it would be a hoot if the GOP loses bad and Romney is the goat, the common "wisdom" in the party will be that they didn't nominate someone wing-nutty enough to win! Get ready for the Palin/Cain 2016 comedy tour!

    To conservatives, liberals are stupid. To Liberals, conservatives are insane. So..."Bipartisanship" is what happens when a lunatic and a moron find common ground.

    by PBJ Diddy on Mon Sep 10, 2012 at 12:34:51 PM PDT

    •  The weird thing is (0+ / 0-)

      The weird thing is that
      They started off saying that anyone could beat Obama.
      Then they went for Romney beause he was electable.

      •  It's just like 2004.... (0+ / 0-)

        in reverse! Because, I'm pretty sure that's what we did.

        To conservatives, liberals are stupid. To Liberals, conservatives are insane. So..."Bipartisanship" is what happens when a lunatic and a moron find common ground.

        by PBJ Diddy on Wed Sep 12, 2012 at 03:31:51 AM PDT

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