Ohio: The (Electoral) Heart of It All
I believe, despite Rasmussen's October 11 estimate of a slight Obama edge, that Romney is barely ahead in the Buckeye State, and that his lead is on track to grow in the remaining weeks of the campaign for a variety of reasons. A few of them include his stellar October 3 debate performance paired with Obama's virtual no-show; the administration's lethal security laxness in Benghazi followed by the administration's thoroughly exposed dishonesty about the true cause and circumstances surrounding the murders of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans; and Obama's war on coal, where closed coal mines and the Obama campaign's lying attacks on miners' credibility appear to have moved the southern and eastern portions of the state from reliably Democratic to perhaps 50-50.
That Romney has the momentum in Ohio is undeniable. The crowds at recent Romney and Ryan appearances have been so large that even chief Obama bootlicker Steve Peoples and his bosses at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, appear to have decided for the sake of whatever remains of their credibility to report them instead of lying about them. A Friday Columbus Dispatch editorial ruthlessly ripped the Obama administration's handling of the entire Benghazi debacle. It also appears that more voters are figuring out that the Buckeye State has economically outperformed most of the rest of the nation, not because of the "Obama saved the auto industry" myth, but because of the fiscally conservative, mostly growth-oriented policies pursued by GOP Governor John Kasich since he took office in January 2011. Before that--and though much improvement is still needed--Ohio was a pathetic economic laggard.
That the Obama campaign has become very concerned about Ohio is equally undeniable. Team Obama is sending two of the left's allegedly brightest stars, Bill Clinton and Bruce Springsteen, who originally "said he wouldn't campaign for Obama" earlier this year, into the state for a joint appearance on October 18.
Springsteen's official website quotes Obama campaign apparatchik Jim Messina as follows: "Bruce Springsteen’s values echo what the president and vice president stand for: hard work, fairness, integrity." Exactly how Messina or "The Boss" can reconcile those alleged positive traits with 100-plus rounds of golf, unprecedented cronyism, and enough lies to keep Michael Ramirez at Investor's Business Daily busy presenting ten each day between now and Election Day if he so chooses--leaving plenty still unnamed--is a complete mystery.