Skip to comments.Halperin: Democrats now on defense in blue states
Posted on 10/30/2012 7:55:16 AM PDT by nhwingut
Just how much has this race changed since the first debate in October? At the time, Democrats thought they had a pretty good glide path to a narrower win in the Electoral College than in 2008, but a win nonetheless. Almost four weeks later, the Obama campaign is having to buy air time in states previously considered safe, such as Pennsylvania and Minnesota, the only state that never voted for Ronald Reagan in the EC. Mark Halperin tells Morning Joe that while one cannot claim to know how this race will turn out, there is no doubt now that the Democrats have gone onto the defensive in states that they absolutely cannot afford to lose:
For corroboration, heres Chuck Todd noting that Team Obama has now begun buying ads in the Keystone State:
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Stick a fork in O.
A campaign that has to buy commercial airtime in CA, OR, MN and PA is in big trouble.
If Obama’s campaign was winning this election, they’d be on the offensive in Red States, like they were in 2008.
They’re trying to keep their campaign from completely imploding. What they doing now is trying to get the base out to prevent a humiliating popular vote and electoral college rout.
I don’t envy the Obama’s campaign’s trying to make sure the trickle in the dam doesn’t turn into a flood that sweeps it away!
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Just how much has this race changed since the first debate in October? At the time, Democrats thought they had a pretty good glide path to a narrower win in the Electoral College than in 2008, but a win nonetheless.
The way I remember it, they were certain they were going to win, and acted like it was an insult that they even had to stand for election. They basically thought Romney was a fool for not conceding right after the close of the DNC Convention.
They are spending money in markets where large numbers of people have no electricity to see the ads.
Personally, I think the Obama campaign’s decision to air ads in these “blue” states is also a reflection of how badly they fear things might go in Senate and House races if lukewarm Obama supporters stay home.
If not, O will be persona non grata at future Democratic Party conventions.
Romney should go run some ADs up in WASH. St., just to give O a heart attack and spend his money.
Folks in PA and NJ are not in a mood to see political ads—even if they have access to somewhere with power.
Every Obama ad will add to the Romney vote totals in those states.
Hopefully the News and Observer will join Newsweek in the ash-heap of history and lay off all of its reporters and editors.
Then they can practice their persuasion skills on their “Will work for food” signs on street-corners.
Obama’s only hope is to somehow hold on to those states, and win Ohio by even 1 vote. Basically they have to thread the needle with a very small hole, while blindfolded.
...the Obama campaign is having to buy air time in states previously considered safe, such as Pennsylvania and Minnesota......and Michigan.