Romney Surges

What a difference a week makes.

Before Republican candidate Mitt Romney gave President Obama a historic shellacking in the first presidential debate of the season last Wednesday, some prominent GOP operatives were reportedly close to striking the colors in the battle against Obama.

It was just a few days ago more than a few GOP-leaning pundits were claiming Republican power brokers were on the verge of abandoning Romney in order to salvage the party’s effort to capture the Senate.

But now even Obama idolator Andrew Sullivan, who previously called the president “the Democrats’ Reagan,” and wrote an article titled “Why Are Obama’s Critics So Dumb?” has fallen into a deep pit of despair.

Romney “is kicking the president’s ass,” Sullivan wrote earlier this week. New polls show that “[o]n every single issue, Obama has instantly plummeted into near-oblivion.”

Sullivan wrote that he had “never seen a candidate this late in the game, so far ahead, just throw in the towel in (sic) the way Obama did last week.” The president, he opined, has been “too arrogant to take a core campaign responsibility seriously. Too arrogant to give his supporters what they deserve.”

Sullivan is hardly alone in his bitter disillusionment.

Other signs portend electoral disaster for Barack Hussein Obama, who, incredibly, reportedly left the debate stage believing he had cleaned Romney’s clock.

For the first time, Romney has taken the lead in the much-watched Real Clear Politics poll average, scoring 48.0 percent to Obama’s 47.3 percent at press time Tuesday night.

According to Scott Rasmussen, the most accurate pollster in the 2008 race, as of yesterday Romney was ahead of Obama by 49 percent to 47 percent in the critically important 11 swing states won by President Obama four years ago and considered to be competitive in the 2012 contest.

Representing 146 of the 270 Electoral College votes needed for victory, those states are Colorado (9), Florida (29), Iowa (6), Michigan (16), Nevada (6), New Hampshire (4), North Carolina (15), Ohio (18), Pennsylvania (20), Virginia (13), and Wisconsin (10).

Not surprisingly, Romney also appears to be leading in states that in recent decades have backed Republican presidential candidates. Those states, worth 172 electoral votes, are: Alaska (3), Arizona (11), Arkansas (6), Georgia (16), Idaho (4), Indiana (11), Kansas (6), Kentucky (8), Louisiana (8), Mississippi (6), Montana (3), Nebraska (5), North Dakota (3), South Dakota (3), Oklahoma (7), South Carolina (9), Tennessee (11), Texas (38), Utah (6), West Virginia (5), and Wyoming (3).

If Romney wins the 11 swing states identified by Rasmussen and the traditionally Republican states, this brings the former Massachusetts governor’s Electoral College total to 318 votes and he will be sworn in as the 45th president of these United States on January 20.

Of course a lot could happen between today and Election Day but it’s safe to say that with the debate last week Obama’s media-created aura of invincibility evaporated.

The voters’ overwhelming belief that the country is on the wrong track, coupled with the president’s mediocre approval ratings, have long suggested that the American electorate has been open to the possibility of new national leadership.

But it took a televised 90-minute debate to sell voters on Romney — assuming that is indeed what is underway in the nation.

Meanwhile, the Obama campaign keeps “losing” the news cycle.

Every day brings new revelations of official incompetence in connection with last month’s attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. There is credible evidence that the Obama campaign has been illegally accepting contributions from abroad. (Only donations from U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents are allowed.) Reports indicate that the Obama campaign is engaged in an eleventh hour campaign management shakeup.

Across America there is anecdotal evidence that Obama supporters believe their candidate is losing as Romney-Ryan bumper stickers and yard signs are defaced. The bettors at the Intrade predictions website put Romney’s likelihood of unseating Obama at 38 percent last night, dramatically up from 21 percent before the debate.

The bad news for Obama goes on and on and on.

All the president’s campaign can do is strike out at straw men and fictional characters, hoping to distract the public from Obama’s failed policies.

In August we heard endlessly about the Republicans’ “war on women” and how expensive birth control supposedly was. In September we heard endlessly about the Romney “47 percent” video, which, even though it showed the candidate matter-of-factly discussing strategy, was twisted into supposed proof that the Republican candidate was an unfeeling monster.

Now in October, it’s Big Bird. Over and over and over again.

In the debate Romney slammed useless government spending on public broadcasting.  He said “I love Big Bird,” referring to the large yellow bird character from TV’s “Sesame Street” show, adding that taxpayers shouldn’t be borrowing money from China to pay for its on-screen exploits.

As Obama himself mockingly raised the Big Bird comment in speeches, his campaign started running a bizarre, politically tone-deaf TV ad, that suggested Romney’s priorities were out of wack.

In what could have passed for an ad parody on “Saturday Night Live,” the ad showed images of über-embezzler Bernie Madoff and corporate crooks.

Then in a jab at Romney a narrator says ominously, “And the evil genius who towered over them?” as Big Bird appears.

“You have to scratch your head when the president spends the last week talking about saving Big Bird,” Romney said during a campaign stop in Iowa yesterday. “I actually think we need to have a president who talks about saving the American people and saving good jobs.”

If the latest polls are to be believed, the American people are beginning to agree.

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  • Chezwick

    Mark my words, Obama will come out breathing fire in the next debate, using clever quips, emphatic rhetoric, etc….and regardless of the actual content and worth of the exchanges, the media will declare the Prez a BIG winner. At that point, the fickle 5% of the electorate in the middle who can't make up their minds and recently slid over to Romney after the last debate…will slide back to Obama. Whether it will decide the election….remains to be seen.

    Folks, I'm praying….meditating…keeping my fingers crossed….talking to anyone who will listen. Romney may not be a panacea….our debt crises may sink us yet, even if he IS elected….but at least with Mitt, we'll have a fighting chance. With Barry, insolvency is almost guaranteed.

    • davarino

      Chezwich, I respectfully think you are wrong, or at least I hope you are wrong. I think the president will over do it and be seen as a fire breathing dragon who has nothing to offer but clever quips. I believe he is done. The empty suit will be going back into the closet and Chris Matthews head will finally explode

      • Banastre Tarleton

        He was an empty suit 4 years ago against a much better candidate and trusted patriot , John Mccain
        America is no longer a center right country , but is fast becoming center left …in retrospect the writing was on the wall back in the 90's with Clinton …voters turned their backs on G H W Bush even after he put a masterful coalition together to liberate Kuwait and then 4 years later refused to elect a good , wise patriot and war hero in Bob Dole and preferred a scoundral like Clinton
        In a democracy you really do get the goverment you deserve and it's becoming increasingly clear that the foolish voters deserve Obama , not once , but like Clinton , TWICE

    • PaulRevereNow

      I understand your fear, but even though Obama may be better prepared, all the clever qups and emphatic rhetoric in the world won't overcome the facts; i.e. that the unemployment rate has been above 8 percent for 44 straight months; that our national debt is 1 million piles of 16 million dollars each; that our military has been virtually destroyed; our woeful energy dependence on ME countries, etc. If Romney continues to hammer Obama with the negative results of his policies, Obama's glib remarks will be without merit. And like you, I pray for a Romney victory for the United States.

      • Chezwick


        The facts you site are absolutely clear….but they haven't prevented Obama from enjoying a comfortable lead right up until the last debate. Don't underestimate the ignorance of people….or the insidious wonders of media bias and false advertizing.

        In a sane world – given the facts you just cited, the polls would have Romney winning by a landslide. But as is all too apparent, it's not a sane world.

        • WilliamJamesWard

          I find it curious that though the polls have shown Obama up for a long time and
          a claim unempoymnt is down none of that offsets the fact that the unemployed
          are still unemployed, the job market is bad and not improving. It my be that the
          group of voters that makes the greatest difference in the vote tally will be those
          same unemployed, underemployed and unreported off roll unemployed sending
          Obama packing. The media may ignore the true numbers but those numbers
          are real voters that will have a big say. I know people out of work for three
          years and still looking, I hear of 20% unemployment or higher in various towns
          where manufactuing is shut down, all in all if the media was truthful I think
          Obama would be outed as the disaster he is………………………William

  • ze-ev ben jehuda

    Dear Mr Romney.The polls are swinging your way, and I love it.Go get that fake one in the
    oval office and kick him out of there and make America a safer place to live.

  • Gehrig Saldana

    Obama was unmasked during first debate; his shallow political shell has cracked. He and VP “It’s True, I Will Tax You Trillions” Biden will likely resort to gutter politics for their remaining debates in an effort to maintain as much of their voter base as possible. Romney’s debate delivery solidified and expanded his voter outreach. In contrast, Romney was able to finally match up one on one with Obama for longer than those countless political ad minute sound bites and not a teleprompter in sight. The result of this perfect political storm? Millions of voters who will not be hoodwinked in this election.

  • tagalog

    Romney's surge over the past week is an indication of what happens when people discover that the guy they thought was the Democrat's Reagan is just a balloon full of warm (I won't say hot, that's too strong) air and someone with some real ideas can deflate him more or less at will.

  • Gehrig Saldana

    PS: I smell a Chick-fil-A like Election Day surge for Mitt Romney.

  • Paul B.

    > Meanwhile, the Obama campaign keeps “losing” the news cycle.

    Not an easy thing to do, when the media is so corrupt and delusional, but obama is achieving it. There is a point – believe it or not – when even our media will abandon obama in order to salvage some slight semblance of appearance of professionalism. I believe we actually are close to that point, as obama's incompetence, mendacity and ugliness of spirit are no longer possible to cover over.

  • Banastre Tarleton

    One debate does not a victory make ……this is about as good as it will ever get for Romney

    Obama has put together a coalition of ethnic identity voters , goverment entitlements , clueless young folk and emotional women and together will be enough to push Obama over the finish line

    It’s probably the female vote that will be decisive for Obama , like it was with Clinton …generally speaking , women tend to be emotional voters and they much prefer the ”cool ” Obama over Romney

    • tagalog

      You may be right, but I hasten to remind you of the Vice-Presidential debate coming up very soon, where VP candidate Paul Ryan will debate Vice-President Joe Biden. I think that moment will also be a high point for the Romney campaign.

      • Banastre Tarleton

        Naah …I don't expect any real upset there …Biden will hold his own

        • PaulRevereNow

          Well, do you have your supply of survival food ready…the 37 essential foods you will need to survive in a tent? Remember, plenty of bottled water, powdered milk, and seeds to plant veggies.

        • tagalog

          It's possible Biden will hold his own, I can't deny that he's had a lot of advance warning that the Romney-Paul team takes the debates seriously, so he's had ample time to prepare himself.

  • Banastre Tarleton

    I don't understand why the writer needs to mention what a fickle drama queen like Andrew Sullivan thinks as he is a very unreliable and fair weather friend ; he only came over here after the ''gay scene '' in London went belly up …I'm not surprised that he would start panicking after Obama takes a beating …he'll do better in the remaining debates and cruise over the finish line with the momentum built up over the last few months

    • mlcblog

      Sullivan has been worth reading recently.

  • clarespark

    The singling out of Big Bird was interesting, in that many conservatives resent government funding of PBS, NPR, and other purveyors of the progressive line. Big Bird also reminds me of the Blue Eagle, the symbol of FDR's failed NRA. It is time to review how taxpayers are subsidizing, directly, and indirectly the culture that is regularly deplored in I reviewed the situation here:…. "Big Bird Prostrate." The stakes are very big in this debate over government "education", and journalists are not paying suffiicient attention.

  • D. Vargas

    Mr. Vadum,

    Like many conservatives, you make the claim that Rasmussen was the most accurate pollster in 2008. There is no basis in fact for this claim.

    FACT: In 2008, Obama won 53/46. (52.93/45.65)
    FACT: Rasmussen missed it 52/46.
    FACT: CNN/ORC & McClatchy/Ipsos nailed it 53/46.

    An analysis by Fordham University, based on the final election outcome, found that eight pollsters were more accurate than Rasmussen.

    As an award-winning investigative reporter, you might want to do a little investigation into Rasmussen's history before repeating this false conservative talking point.

  • trickyblain

    That's strange. I thought the position was that polls are MSM-generated, pro-Obama numbers that are not to be trusted. Now that Romney has gained some ground, they're valid?

    • Gislef

      Your thoughts don't sound very accurate if that's what you think.

    • Mullah be Damned

      No, they're not valid. They're still skewed in Obuma's favour.

  • BLJ

    For the first time in his political life the Chosen One has a real record to defend. Romney has played his cards smart and waited until October to really go after this creep. The MSM cannot save him now.

    The VP debate will not have as big of influence on the election as some are hoping. If the Dems truly need Biden to bail them out they are you know what. Ryan will do just fine anyway.

    Obama has always been a fraud. The public is finally opening their eyes. I love it.

  • mlcblog

    Now to keep the dirty cheaters from stealing our righteously won election, as they have so many others, most notably to me from Calif, one of DiFi's races against Arianna's ex. Mr. Huffington defeated her soundly but at just the last minute, when the count had become confused??!! they found 14,000 ballots that had "not been counted yet." Or were they floating in the bay?? Today, the means are more sophisticated, not old ballot boxes, but electronic, bus loading, and so forth. We need to pray and watch.

    • BLJ

      No doubt the lowlifes will attempt to steal as many votes as possible. The problem they have is that Obama will not get anywhere near the guilty white vote this time around. That is really what put him over the top.

      • mlcblog

        Good point! and one that gives me hope. Still I know a lot of O voters that still don't get it. They are ignorant of the way our system works, both in regard to our economic system of free enterprise and individual effort for the benefit of all and in regard to our wonderful Constitution as the best system of governing people that was ever designed.

        We need to teach future generations. Ronald Reagan said it.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      There will be attempts to cheat and i will be gotten away with in places where leftists
      are in control but it may be inconceivable with the record Obama has that it will make
      a difference. Yet it is a sickening thought and vigillance at the polling booths and
      accuracy in just who is voting is most necessary and challenges must be made to
      any questionable votes. Also you are quite right, pray and keep on praying.

      • mlcblog

        Pray for a landslide that cannot be refuted.

  • Ray Burke

    It is a proven statistical fact that Blacks almost always conform to their unspoken "Black Code" and vote for their own kind, in total disregard for a candidate's integrity or qualifications to hold the office for which they are competing. This unwavering Black voting pattern has been followed for decades !!!
    It is said that "birds of a feather flock together". This certainly seems to be true of our "Black Bird" community.
    With our Presidential election less than a month away, I suggest the Caucasian community recognize the wisdom of this obvious lesson and do a little "White flocking" while we still can.

    • BLJ

      You can thank LBJ for this. The goal all along was to create a loyal voting bloc dependant on the government largess. Blacks have been played like this since 1965.

  • Alexander Gofen

    What a degenerated nation America became if the article seriously discusses the heights of rhetoric in the debates while one of the debaters is MERELY A THIEF AND FORGER! A thief to whom Romney extends his hand and keeps maintaining the taboo on the ugly truth about the thief, doing his dirty party business as usual.

    A victory of either of these crooks means the defeat of Justice in America.

    America has fallen beyond repair. I regret that I live to see this…

    • WilliamJamesWard

      If we lived in a truthful world Alexander, men would have honor and dishonorable
      persons would be sent packing quickly and not tollerated. The Thief in Chief should
      be sent to jail and his entire rotten criminal crew……………………William

  • Sunbeam

    True patriot Americans must come together at this time and be united hand in hand to vote Romney comes this November 6th. Obama must never be given another chance to govern anymore. This President does spell danger to America due to its very root where he came from, and he can never ever be loyal, I do not think so, to the United States of America whole heartedly. As blood is thicker than water so the saying goes, Americans should be wiser to learn from this experience never ever to repeat this mistake again in future. We need not be too complacent in our quest for progress and development but rather be always wary at all times for any future impending occurrences within the nation. God bless America!

  • fanlad

    Well written, well said. Thanks.

  • pinnie99

    BO is a Marxist cancer,his friends are dispicable haters of America. His allegiance to Islam sickens me..Mittens has none of these. maladys..For Mittens ( I always call him that .. : ) ) family,America,>God<Constitution <comes first. This is what is required first and foermost of R Presidents….BO has none of these attributes…Abject failure on all fronts and AN ENORMOUS WEB OF LIES,LIARS AND RACIALLY INFUSED INUENDO SURROUNDS HIM. AMERICA IS SICK from & OF HIM. HE HAS MADE US SICK PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY. MSM IS COMPLICIATE IN THIS FRAUD. If we dont put Mittens in R W.H. ..the disgusting frauds in R Govt will win the greatest Nation in history!