If one looks at Real Clear Politics for their prognostications for their election data, you’ll see incumbent Barack Obama sweeping every swing state in a big way. That includes states in question such as North Carolina, Colorado, Iowa and Nevada.
Can this be true? Is the election over in late September? Is there any good news for Romney? Can he still win in November?
The answers are no, no, yes and yes.
Stray away from Real Clear Politics and check the national tracking polls such as Gallup, AP and Rasmussen. Romney and Obama remain in a statistical tie. The national race is a dead heat.
Remember, the national polls to watch closely interview “likely voters,” not “registered voters.” Also, take a hard look at the samplings and what percentage declare themselves Democrats and Republicans.
What’s the good news for the Republicans and Mitt Romney?
Much like the 1980 election of Carter v Reagan, the incumbent president is very unpopular in large numbers. After almost an entire term in the White House, Americans are well aware that Obama has failed miserably on his campaign promises, much like Jimmy Carter. They want change but are not too familiar with the other candidate, Mitt Romney.
Like 1980, that will begin to change dramatically next Wednesday when millions of Americans tune in for the first of three presidential debates. Romney’s golden chance (like Reagan) to begin a trust with the American people.
Thus far Romney has run a lackluster campaign. He is being beaten in swing states simply because Obama and his campaign strategists are running a better campaign. They are hard-hitting and staying far away from the real issues that affect the country’s future, especially those that can do severe damage to Obama – namely his own record as president.
There are 38 days remaining until election day. Romney is in dire need of a revitalized campaign strategy.
Here’s some suggestions:
Quit apologizing and over-explaining – No more “boo hoo.” It’s exactly what the Obama team want to see. Romney on his heels day after day explaining away frivolous topics nowhere near the core of what voters seek. Stop playing to a mainstream media that overwhelmingly favors Obama. Every allegation does not need to be addressed. Most Americans aren’t even looking for one.
Besides, that group won’t be voting Republican no matter what.
Forget about the secret taping of a fundraiser and start talking about the real issues.
Immediately go negative – The pious media says negative doesn’t work. That is bunk. It is basically all the Obama people have been using directly or subliminally to promote their candidate. Romney’s forces have been tepid in their campaign ads allowing Obama to wriggle out of the worst economy in decades.
Obama’s spin doctors are actually blaming the housing crisis and foreclosure rates on Republicans. If that doesn’t stick, it’s all George Bush’s fault. Americans aren’t stupid, fight back. That is what voters want to see – not some “suit” apologizing for everything including rain on Christmas.
Buy air time – Quit messing around with 30-second tirades or confusing statistics most people fall asleep watching. The money is there to fund national addresses. It was a key element in Ronald Reagan’s sweeping victory of Carter.
Much like 1980 when Reagan was accused of being a “cowboy” and “reckless,” Romney is taunted with “rich guy” and “out-of-touch.” Strike back. The money is there because the campaign withheld big bucks for just this time in the campaign. Use it wisely.
It will be critical promote the image of “President Romney.” By-pass the liberal media and present an entirely different image than the compliant mainstream “professional journalists” portray daily.
One nationally televised address each week for four weeks until election day on a key topic, giving specifics on how to fix the problem.
Here’s some sample topics:
Energy and gasoline prices? Expose how we have come to $4 dollar a gallon gas by debasing the U.S. currency and failure to develop domestic resources. Remember the Solyndra bankruptcy that cost American taxpayers $500 million?
How about another half-hour on jobs and the economy (8.1 percent unemployment and 23 million Americans jobless), healthcare (infusing the rest of Obamacare by 2014), foreign policy (the mess in the Middle East), and even an issue like immigration?
Stop listening to the media that claims Hispanics are rallying behind Obama – they are not.
It’s time to get bold, not timid. Make Obama the issue everyone expected coming out of the convention. Control your own destiny and the media be damned.
Time is of the essence.
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