If you’ve followed recent polls, you might be tempted to buy into the media consensus that the race is over. However, if you know whose side the media is on, it’s easy to figure out why they have come to this consensus.
Has Romney really lost? Try this: conduct a poll of your own. Do you know anyone who voted for McCain in 2008 who is voting for Obama in 2012?
Obama will argue in the debate that the economy is getting better because the stock market is over 13,000. However, the high mark for the Dow is an expensive mask to cover the ugly economy we live in. The government has borrowed more than a trillion dollars a year from our grandchildren and the Fed has deflated our future by $2.8 trillion to help get us to that 13,000 figure.
In the meantime, unemployment is over 8% and average wages have dropped. So Wall Street is richer under Obama and the rest of America is poorer. Where’s the 99% when you need them?
It has been pointed out that Obama cannot expect to receive the same levels of support among various segments of society that he did in 2008. He has alienated many black voters with his support of gay marriage and failure to produce results that help them. He has alienated many Hispanic voters as well by failing to keep promises on immigration reform and by selling weapons to Mexican drug lords. Obama is not as cool as he was in 2008, which will hurt the youth vote, and many Americans have realized that assuaging their racial guilt is not worth the cost to the American economy. The National Journal shows Romney with an 8% advantage among independents. Obama cannot win if independents swing to Romney.
So how can Romney lose? Simple: disaffected Republicans, Conservatives and Libertarians may stay home or vote third party. Obama doesn’t need 50% of the country to vote for him. He just needs his 47% and 7% to stay home or vote third party. Even with the awful job Obama has done, it is still very possible that 7% will stay home or vote third party.
Many Christians will not vote for a Mormon. They won’t vote for a Black Liberation theologian either, but Obama didn’t need them in 2008. Obama knows this and has started push polling Catholics with robo-calls asking if they can vote for a Mormon. Many Christian Republicans will avoid Romney because he is perceived as more liberal and a Mormon, whereas they might have voted for McCain in 2008 even though he was also perceived as more liberal.
Libertarians will feel free to vote for a third party candidate because they don’t see any difference from their perspective between Romney and Obama. Many of these are idealists who support Ron Paul and Gary Johnson and see Romney as a big government Republican.
Conservatives may stay home if they believe Romney is going to lose. Conservatives lean more realistic than idealistic, but are more likely to allow their vote to be suppressed by negative news and polls close to the election.
Romney’s key to success will be preaching the American Dream from a small government, individual responsibility perspective. Believe it or not, his 47% “gaffe” may end up working in his favor. Americans could use a healthy dose of optimism and a restoration of faith in the American Dream. Even independents will vote for that.
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