The latest New York Times/CBS poll (July 11-16) shows that shelling out $100 million worth of attack ads against Romney’s time at Bain Capital simply hasn’t budged many voters.
Desperation is like stealing from the Mafia; you stand a good chance of attracting the wrong attention and the stench of desperation is hanging over the errand boy sent by grocery clerks’ team right now.
The race, according to the poll, is a dead heat. When asked who voters thought would do a better job fixing the economy, Romney has an 8-point lead.
The current occupant of the Oval Office is precluded from running positive ads about his dismal record, so ginning up loathing is his only option to fire up his base.
Joe Battenfeld, writing at the Boston Herald, muses that “the only Obama campaign strategy right now is to keep hammering on Romney’s business record, and somehow convince voters that the exact date of Romney’s departure from Bain Capital is more important than the 8 percent unemployment rate.”
Keith Koffler adroitly points out, “The unrelenting attacks by Obama may also be having a subtler deleterious effect on his campaign.”
“The president is having trouble meeting his fundraising goals and must log countless miles traversing the country to try to fill his coffers. The financial shortfall is reflective of the depleted enthusiasm for Obama among his supporters, who have watched as he has unintentionally rebranded himself from the 2008 candidate of hope and change into a crude politician willing to do whatever it takes to ensure his political survival.”