Mitt Romney is campaigning today in Florida. In Florida. And he’s in the county of Escambia in the Panhandle–the most conservative part of the state. What’s he doing there if his internal polling shows him in a strong position in Florida?
Romney is also visiting two other counties in Florida. If his internal polling had him winning, he’d be campaigning in, say, Wisconsin, Nevada, or Pennsylvania today. You would see Romney on offense somewhere.
But he’s not on offense because he’s not winning. He’s trying to staunch the bleeding in Florida.
Florida should be sewn up for him by now. Obviously, it’s not. Here’s the New York Times today:
Mr. Romney’s swing through Florida on Saturday — the first day of in-person early voting there — included a visit to a Republican county in the Panhandle where he wants to pump up his vote count (Escambia) and where a huge crowd met him with chants of “10 more days,” […]
Mr. Romney cannot afford to leave any base untouched. If he loses Florida, his chances of winning the presidency depend on sweeping nine other states, including Ohio and Nevada.
Romney cannot afford to leave his base states untouched because they haven’t been reliably secured, obviously. If you see him dropping in on North Carolina over the next ten days, you’ll know he’s really on the ropes. And that “ten more days” chant in the Panhandle is clearly a Freudian slip. Ten days is the countdown to Mitt Romney’s own return to private life.
Seriously. Romney is in trouble. With nine other swing states needing his attention and ten days to go, he’s bogged down in Florida.