Obama isn’t winning. Obama is spinning.
If you’ve been reading or listening to the media the last day or two, you’d get the sense that President Obama spanked Gov. Mitt Romney so hard with his convention that the race is nearly over because the Republican side can’t sit or stand up.
Obama may have gotten a bit more of a bounce out of his convention than Romney did. But that’s all that happened.
Political junkies, ever in need of fixes, focus on the latest thing that occurred and treat like some timeless Talmudic truth. All we have here is an Obama bounce that followed a little less of a Romney bounce. That’s it. It’s hardly Judgement Day for Romney.
Let’s start with the national polls. The political world is in an uproar because both the Gallup and Rasmussen daily tracking polls put Obama five points ahead of Romney.
What’s been forgotten is that right after the Republican convention, Rasmussen showed a six-point surge for Romney, putting him ahead of Obama by several points. Now, in the days after the Democratic convention, Rasmussen has Obama ahead. The lead will probably narrow in the next several days as the bounce evaporates and people get a look at the latest employment numbers.
And then there are a couple of polls in a couple of states – Ohio and North Carolina – by a Public Policy Polling, a DEMOCRATIC polling firm, showing a post-convention Obama bounce.
And everyone’s talking about Obama being in the drivers seat. But he’s really just riding shotgun off a minor convention bounce.
The Obama people are spinning this to disenchant Republicans. Some Republicans seem to be falling apart.
But absolutely nothing significant has happened.