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Obama’s Swing State Savvy

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.

Romney Unveils the “Built by Us” Collection

Having finally gone on offense over President Obama’s “you didn’t build that” remark, the Romney campaign is seeking to maintain the initiative, introducing a line of products under the brand, “Built by us.”

Here’s a sample.

In an email to Romney supporters introducing the new line, Mitt’s son Tagg says he is “glad but not surprised” that his father “stood up” for American business:

Dad understands success is not the result of government, it’s the result of hardworking people who take risks, create dreams, and build lives for themselves and their families.

That’s what the Built By Us collection of shirts, pins and other gear is all about. Built By Us is a rallying cry, and also a celebration of the people who truly make America work.

You deserve credit for your success and to be proud of it. And with every Built By Us Collection item you purchase, you’ll be helping my dad and Republicans nationwide win in November. I think we can all agree we need a President who embraces success, instead of demonizing it.

Dad’s the man for the job.


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The continued attack from Romney suggests it may take some time for Obama to dig out from the collateral damage caused by what many perceive to be an accidental revelation of his true attitude toward business.

The Romney website, which includes the new line of stuff in its store, is currently dominated by the theme, proclaiming that “American is Built by Us” and offering readers a chance to upload their own stories. It also features a series of videos by small business owners talking about how they built their businesses.

Romney Gets Tough, Strikes Back on Bain

In a sign that this is not the polite – and failed – McCain campaign, the Romney campaign responded briskly and effectively to the outrageous charge by Obama’s operatives that Romney was either lying or guilty of a crime in stating that he had ended his active involvement in Bain in 1999.

The response gets to something that is important and true: The Obama campaign gutter tactics are just latest example of President Obama diminishing the office with which he was entrusted and abandoning wholesale the image of a transcendent leader he projected in 2008.

The Obama hagiography projected by the 2008 campaign and conveyed by the press is one of the chief reasons Obama was elected in the first place. The Romney campaign is being quite clever in taking a tough situation – the criticism of Romney’s time at Bain – and turning it to their advantage. And in a way Obama and his team assuredly deserve.

Below is a sample from Romney’s media blitz Friday in which he responded to Obama, and also two related campaign ads.

The Obama campaign is going to counterpunch sometime today.

Obama Campaign: “We Could Lose”

The Obama campaign sent a pleading message to supporters Monday saying President Obama’s reelection chances will be imperiled if Mitt Romney continues to swamp him in the money stakes.

In an email titled “We could lose if this continues,” Obama for America Chief Operating Officer Ann Marie Habershaw noted that while Obama raised $71 million in June, he was beaten “handily” by the “whopping” $106 million pulled down by Romney.

From the email:

We had our best fundraising month yet, and we still fell about $35 million short. We can win while being outspent — but we need to keep it close.

You know what that means. We’ve got some work to do.

Pitch in $3 or more right now to start closing the gap.

This is no joke. If we can’t keep the money race close, it becomes that much harder to win in November.

The missive left out the usual Obama campaign accusations that Romney’s financial lead was fueled by fat cats, possibly because Romney – who has been conducting the same kind of $3 raffles as Obama for a chance to meet the candidate – took in 94 percent of his donations in increments of $250 or less.

Romney will also have a vast lead over Obama with respect to money raised by outside SuperPacs. But Obama many have more union muscle than previously thought, according to a report in today’s Wall Street Journal. The Journal found that  labor spends about four times as much on politics and lobbying than generally thought:

Previous estimates have focused on labor unions’ filings with federal election officials, which chronicle contributions made directly to federal candidates and union spending in support of candidates for Congress and the White House.

But unions spend far more money on a wider range of political activities, including supporting state and local candidates and deploying what has long been seen as the unions’ most potent political weapon: persuading members to vote as unions want them to.

The Journal found that the effort by union employees working on politics was “equivalent in 2010 to a shadow army much larger than President Barack Obama’s current re-election staff.”