President Obama spent tons of money trying to make Mitt toxic. That money is gone but Mitt’s reputation, at best, is a little nicked. President Obama’s $100,000,000 advertising campaign failed. According to this polling, Mitt hasn’t really suffered at all from President Obama’s attacks:
By more than 2-1, 63%-29%, those surveyed say Romney’s background in business, including his tenure at the private equity firm Bain Capital, would cause him to make good decisions, not bad ones, in dealing with the nation’s economic problems over the next four years.
The findings raise questions about Obama’s strategy of targeting Bain’s record in outsourcing jobs and hammering Romney for refusing to commit to releasing more than two years of his tax returns. Instead, Americans seem focused on the economy, where disappointment with the fragile recovery and the 8.2% unemployment rate are costing the president.
That’s got to break Team Obama’s spirit. They spent $100,000,000 trying to make Mitt an unacceptable choice to be president. That’s clearly failed. In fact, if President Obama’s campaign doesn’t change momentum soon, this election might be over before the conventions.
If families keep struggling, which many will, they’ll start looking for a different option. President Obama knew that months ago. That’s why they tried making Mitt unacceptable. If people still think Mitt’s acceptable a month from now, positions will harden quickly. At that point, the biggest mystery left in this election will be whether Republicans can capitalize on the situation and make big gains in the House and Senate.