Watching some maven being interviewed on Fox. He said 21% of Democrats who voted for Obama in 2008 have since changed their party affiliation to Independent or Republican. What he didn’t say was that 40% of voters who have died since 2008 have changed their affiliation to Democrat. There is probably going to be a lot of cheating this year. I assume that one of the points of dropping the prosecution of the Philly Black Panthers was to let everyone know the coast is clear. Romney (I assume it will be he) is going to need big margins in the popular vote to win.
Of course no one is cocky on the Right nowadays, though the Romney campaign appears to be complacent. Maybe they will get their act together in time. Romney’s central flaw, other than his lack of political principles and his record in Massachusetts, is his personal decency. He is a nice guy and he is going to be up against thugs. Perhaps he can rise to the occasion and become more thuggish himself. We can hope.
Romney shouldn’t have run nasty ads attacking Gingrich, but Gingrich and Perry have behaved disgracefully in responding by attacking Romney over Bain Capital. Romney’s record at Bain is the best thing going for him. His defenses of free enterprise, in unguarded moments, have been very good. Yet Gingrich et al have made dishonest assertions about what Bain did, and about the private-equity industry, and by so doing have helped Obama (Gingrich’s self-serving rationalization that his attacks are preparation for the Obama onslaught to the contrary). Perry’s remarks about “vulture capital” were stupid. He and Gingrich remind me of Ann Coulter — quick to say things that harm their side but that benefit them personally. It’s no wonder that conservatives are said to be rallying to support Romney.
All of this makes me miss Herman Cain.
Of course in the general election I am going to vote enthusiastically for whichever one of these highly imperfect candidates will be running against Obama.