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Obama Is Crumbling, Part 5: Slipping Away

Posted: October 30, 2012 at 6:20 am   /   by

Commentators who are uncomfortable predicting the outcome of the election with 100% surety, but who nonetheless see an unmistakable trend, find ourselves compelled to add disclaimers such as, “It’s not over until it’s over” to pieces like these. And in a way, it is reasonable. Barack Obama could still win. The media has done an incredible job of shielding him, buoying him, covering his errors, and creating a false picture of who he truly is. The Mickey-Mouse polls that the media is commissioning are using samples that are so absurd as to provoke near-speechlessness on the part of conservative observers who understand the absurdity. No, Virginia, Democrats are not going to overperform, and Republicans are not going to underperform, their 2008 turnout. By all rights, and based on the fundamentals, Obama should lose this election by double-digits. But the media fibrication™ machine is strong.

Intrade reflects this media-created reality; it still shows a heavy belief that Obama will win when real, solid analysis of the fundamentals should indicate the opposite. Perceptions can become reality—the media might succeed in fabricating a climate that helps Obama eke out a narrow win.

But that is becoming increasingly unlikely. With each day, with each new data point, a Romney win looks more likely. We’ve been covering this growing list of data points, polls, anecdotes, observations, and analyses over the last week . . .

. . . and now we shall continue with more.


Early Voting

As a general rule, fewer Republicans do early voting; Republicans are more likely to vote on Election Day. So, for example, there were states in 2008 that McCain would have won if just the votes from Election Day, and not early votes, were counted.  If conventional wisdom holds, that means that Romney doesn’t have to win early voting, he just needs to do well. And every indication is that Republicans are overperforming 2008 and Democrats are underperforming 2008 in terms of early voting.

Republicans Doing Better in Early/Absentee Ballot Votes Than In 2008

In OH, IA, NV, Democrats May Be ‘Cannibalizing’ Their Election Day Votes By Promoting Early Voting

And now, we have this amazing data from Gallup, via John Nolte:

GALLUP: Romney Up 52-45% Among Early Voters

If Gallup is right, this election might not only be Romney’s, this election might not even be close.



Everyone has been saying that “Ohio is trending Romney’s way, but he hasn’t yet shown a lead in any poll.” Well, that ended yesterday with one poll showing the race tied and another—from the reliable Rasmussen—showing him up by 2. Add in Romney’s lead with Ohio independent, the Republican enthusiasm advantage, the fact that the Dems are cannibalizing their high propensity voters, and the fact that the GOP tends to overperform in Ohio on Election Day, and this is a good place to be for Romney.


More . . .

This sign from Michigan says a great deal. No, it’s not a scientific poll, it’s just a snapshot, but I don’t think we were seeing much of this back in 2008 with McCain-Obama . . .


Here’s Michael Barone on a subject with both short- and long-term ramifications:

Changing Demographics Won’t Mean the End of Republican Party


Finally, this quote from Jack Kelly’s Watching the Collapse of the Obama Campaign may say it all:

“It isn’t just in Virginia where Mr. Obama’s fortunes are plummeting. When Missouri isn’t a swing state, but Minnesota is, Democrats are in big trouble. No challenger who’s cracked 50 percent in Gallup’s tracking poll has ever lost. Mr. Romney is polling better at this point in the campaign than did every victorious challenger from 1968 on.”


Nate Silver and the media are still trying to comfort themselves, while all the signs show this election slipping away from Obama. Anything can happen, but there’s just one week left and little time to change the momentum . . .



One item from Sunday that we must include: The Obama Ground Game Myth

Also, if you didn’t get a chance to read Rick Wilson’s The Inflection Point last week, treat yourself now. It’s one of the best things written this cycle.

Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
Christopher Cook

Obama Is Crumbling, Part 5: Slipping Away