Bad News for Mitt Romney

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.


About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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2 Responses to Bad News for Mitt Romney

  1. Montana says:

    Rmoney is a joke. The Republicans and George W are the ones that brought us the worse economic downturn in history. Now they want us to believe that the Ken Dall Robot is our great white hope, please.

    Corporations are people? People who are dependent upon government, who believe they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to take care of them, who believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it? What a fool.

    The people who receive the disproportionate share of government spending are not big-government lovers. They are Republicans. They are senior citizens. They are white men with high school degrees. As Bill Galston of the Brookings Institution has noted, the people who have benefited from the entitlements explosion are middle-class workers, more so than the dependent poor.

    But Rmoney wants to divide our country and blame those who have been hit worse by an economic disaster created by Republicans and George W, please, what a joke your party has become.

  2. Luke says:

    Montana- what is your level of education? Judging by your comment, it is quite low. Or perhaps you are a liberal. No matter how much education a liberal has, he or she usually says stupid things. I would like someone to itemize the Republican policies that “got us into this mess in the first place.” Any economist will tell you that lower taxes stimulate the economy. Even the socialist Obama knows that. Not enough regulation? It was Clinton that signed the law repealing Glass-Steagall and Democrats who pushed home ownership for those who could not afford it. Divide the country? It is Obama that talks about fat cats and who demonizes those who are successful or started their own business. Oh and by the way, according to most polls a majority of likely voters in this country plan to vote for Romney.

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