IT’S ALWAYS better to have the media buzzing about a bounce after your convention, but it doesn’t mean much. National polls are irrelevant, because of the Electoral College. There are a few states that matter starting with Ohio and Virginia, add Colorado, Florida, Iowa (if you’re being generous), Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire (not really a swing state, but…), North Carolina (a must win for Mitt Romney), Wisconsin. If you must follow polls, these are the states to watch.
The next big chance for Mitt Romney to move the needle doesn’t come until the debates in October, unless one of the candidates actually makes news.
It’s why you’ll see a lot of confusion from media quarters as people throw all sorts of stuff at you to see what will stick.
Jon Stewart nailed Fox News Channel, comparing their coverage of the two conventions, which is revealing.
Politico has had a lot of trouble lately getting their editorial message straight, so I captured a couple of the dueling stories as examples. The first is the front page banner. The next two headlines are top stories that don’t quite match what recent polling, which the headline shown at the top of this post, reports.
Oh, and as for this first headline, it’s been “advantage Obama” since last year and right now looks like it will stay that way until the debates.
Meanwhile, the candidates aren’t really talking specifics about anything and the voters don’t really seem to care. The political super bowl has begun and everyone but a small sliver of the country is hunkered down in their chosen corner.
There’s nothing much President Obama can do to move anyone, which now becomes about Mitt Romney being untrustworthy to have the job.
The only thing that matters now is what Mitt Romney can do to change the current dynamic. He’s the guy to watch. It’s just one reason he’s going on shows like “Meet the Press,” which he’ll be on today. He needs a game changer.