New campaign strategy: next time let’s not nominate “wackos and weirdos and witches”

The loss of the White House was bad…the missed opportunity in the Senate was worse.  Michael Barone breaks it down:

 

Opinion: Here comes the landslide – The Hill – covering Congress, Politics, Political Campaigns and Capitol Hill | TheHill.com

Opinion: Here comes the landslide – The Hill – covering Congress, Politics, Political Campaigns and Capitol Hill | TheHill.com.

Fighting in blue states is a good sign for Romney – Right Turn – The Washington Post

Fighting in blue states is a good sign for Romney – Right Turn – The Washington Post.

Romney’s momentum accelerating

James Pethokoukis writes that Mitt Romney may be cruising to a “decisive victory” on Election Day. Fox News also has had a few videos of the latest take on the race out of Ohio.

Obama’s (weird) voting-as-your-“first time”-ad vs. Romney’s ad about momentum

The ad is telling, in that it belies a certain level of desperation that must be pervading the Obama campaign at this point. Ask yourself: is this the type of political ad that an incumbent President, with building momentum into the last week of the campaign, puts out?  It doesn’t feel like it does it?  It feels small.

Now, take a look at the most recent ad released online from the Romney campaign (I didn’t cherry pick-it, it was just the more recent one that I found when I navigated over to the campaign website…but it makes the point beautifully):

 

GOP ground game a major improvement since 2008

Washington Times: 

The biggest single change in our Ohio ground game is changing from phones to doorknobs,” Mr. Bennett said. “People screen calls or the calls go into answering machines — not the same as talking to a voter.”

In Virginia, another key state Mr. Obama captured four years ago, volunteers have rapped on 11 times as many doors as they did in all of 2008, the RNC said.

Rally in Virginia:

Thousands of coal miners, along with their families and friends heard the mountain top message, and agreed to “take their fight to the ballot box” on Nov. 6, during the Rally in Support of Coal Jobs Sunday at Poplar Gap Park near Grundy, Va. Matt Romney, Susan Allen and her son, Forrest Allen, and several more spoke before Charlie Daniels rocked the mountain.

GOP 12: Romney up huge with independents

This article outlines the advantage of Romney among independents. This is especially relevant given that the registrations have become so tight. Republicans and Democrats all across the battleground states have reasons to be optimistic about the early registration totals. However, above all, independents often outnumber either Republican or Democrat registrants. Thus, the above article from thehill.com really shows how potent this factor maybe in the end.

Time for a change in foreign policy: Mitt Romney

In Virginia, Mitt Romney calls for change of course in Middle East – The Washington Post.

See video of speech here:

 

First Debate: Obama’s “emperor has no clothes” moment

Joe Scarborough and the gang from “Morning Joe” discussed the debate.

“More than polls, because polls do move around; I’m interested in the people that come up to me in the street and my Democratic friends and what they’re saying to me. And I won’t say that there is a sense of panic, but there has been a real emperor has no clothes moment over the past week and it keeps growing by the day. That’s why I’m bringing this up. I know that everyone that’s watching is hearing this in their own hometowns as well, it’s stunning now,” Joe Scarborough said on the Monday broadcast of his MSNBC show “Morning Joe.”

What the debate did – Right Turn – The Washington Post

What the debate did – Right Turn – The Washington Post.

Jennifer Rubin argues that 8 indicators from the Romney/Obama debate last week show that perhaps Romney should be considered a favorite at this point.  Looking through her list, the one that stands out to me the most is the “inevitability” point:

The polls have moved substantially, thereby blowing up the notion that Obama had this in the bag. Gallup tells us: “Registered voters’ preferences for president are evenly split in the first three days of Gallup tracking since last Wednesday’s presidential debate. In the three days prior to the debate, Barack Obama had a five-percentage-point edge among registered voters.”