How can that be? How is it that nothing ever works out for the GOP? They thought their War on Religious Liberty canard would have legs-and it did for Obama and the Democrats. Check the gender gap.
Then there was the war on Hispanic immigrants, but now that's turned against them as well as Romney has condemned himself to fewer Hispanic votes than McCain got in 2008-and he only got 31%. Turns out there can even be a backlash against bigotry.
But they really thought they were sitting in the catbird seat on Bain. They seemed to be able to have their cake and eat it too here more than anywhere-on the one hand Romney was making his Bain experience the centerpiece of his campaign as giving him some almost oracular "understanding of the economy, yet Obama got criticized for talking too much about Bain. Obama got knocked by Cory Booker for making an issue about Bain, going so far as to declare Obama's knocking Romney on Bain as "nauseating."
Then Clinton declared that the work Romney did at Bain was "good work" he had a "sterling business career" and that he "more than met the qualifications threshold to be President."
Yet he didn't understand why after this Rush Limbaugh was running around declaring that he has endorsed Romney.
With all the Dems turning on Obama clearly the President's campaign had goofed and needed to take a new tact-right? Yet the campaign ignored it all and doubled down in questioning Romney's Bain experience. And lo and behold it's not hurting Obama nearly as much as the Repugs and Dinos said it would. In fact it looks like it's actually helping:
"While Mitt Romney is polling pretty close to President Obama nationally, the president has a wider lead in swing states, and the findings suggest TV ads are making a difference. Plus, Obama's new immigration policy doubles his lead among Florida Latino voters. Here's our guide to today's polls and why they matter."
"NBC's Mark Murray breaks down a key part of the new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll showing an essentially unchanged presidential race, with 47 percent of registered voters favoring President Obama and 44 percent favoring Mitt Romney:
"Among swing-state respondents in the poll – those living in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin – Obama leads Romney, 50 to 42 percent."
"Also in these swing states, Romney’s favorability numbers have dropped, possibly reflecting the toll the negative Obama TV advertisements are having on the former Massachusetts governor in these battlegrounds.
"on a national basis Romney's business record is seen as a positive by 23 percent of registered voters and as a negative by 28 percent. But in the swing states, it's 18 percent positive to 33 percent negative. That may partly be a result of demographics and regional differences, but it's also reflects the fact that voters in swing states are getting exposed to more information about Romney's business record, both through local media coverage and television advertising."
It's still mind boggling how Clinton didn't see why his comments were barking up the wrong tree if he really does want to help the President's re-election and not doing what the clueless are claiming-that he's trying to hurt Obama's re-election to give his wife a better chance in 2016.
Again, as Romney evidently sees his Bain experience as the centerpiece of his campaign rather than his time as Governor of Massachusetts if one wants to make the case that he's not so qualified to be President-which is what an election is about, making the case that you're better qualifed than the other guy-then you have to be able to knock Bain at least questioning the idea that this makes him a born economic steward. Obama was right to ignore Clinton, Booker, et al, as noise.