The national polls are looking decent for Mitt Romney, showing him even with, or perhaps a little ahead of, Obama.
But there is growing concern in Republican circles about the numbers in the electoral states.
William Kristol writes today in the Weekly Standard that “a savvy friend” of his – I know, but stick with me here – thinks that Republicans may be failing to recognize the effect Obama’s relentless and veracity-challenged negative advertising might be having.
The savvy friend writes:
In the swing states they are being assailed with ads and campaigning, as well as the news. And here Obama seems to be building a bit of a margin. He now is ahead by solid margins in the most recent surveys in Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Nevada, Virginia, Iowa, Wisconsin and New Hampshire. It’s very close in Colorado, and Romney has a slight lead in North Carolina.
Perhaps noticing what the boss’s savvy friend had said, Weekly Standard writer Jeffrey Anderson got busy and tabulated the latest polling by Rasmussen, finding that Obama comes out ahead in the electoral college, 284 to 235.
Which is evidence that Romney may need revise his “Don’t just do something, sit there” approach and, for example, try out a positive, well publicized agenda of his own rather than spending the campaign talking mainly about how much Obama has screwed everything up.
And maybe Romney needs some savvier friends.