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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Dog Days

I was going to write about this, but as per usual, Booman got there first.

We are likely to see some good polling numbers from Romney in the next week and a half.  Some of them will be from outfits like Purple Strategies and Rasmussen that have notable rightward tilts.  I know PPP is supposed to be a Democratic leaning pollster, but I also know it's as accurate as any pollster in the business.

Anyway, we are going to see Mitt having some good numbers.  Some of that will be the convention.  Some of it will simply be August, which has always played well for the GOP in polls.  Anyway, until the Democratic convention, any polls should be taken with a grain of salt.  If Mitt's numbers DON'T improve, that is seriously bad news for him.  He has to own the next ten days.

UPDATE: We see some of this in James Fallows' piece on Romney as a debater. Basically, Fallows looks at way too many Romney debates and sees a very disciplined, tightly messaged debater, but one who doesn't really get into facts and specifics.  Booman counters by noting that Fallows analysis completely elides the fact that Romney has taken so many contradictory stances and positions, that he'll be on the defensive in a way he wasn't at the GOP debates.

Anyway, get used to a lot more pieces about how Romney has really turned the corner.

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