....and here's a pretty good analysis of the current overall state of the presidential campaign:
....and this one's just as good:
(...but you can't get there withoug REGISTRATION on the site. Here's the operative parts:
"...Mr Romney has overcome months of criticism that he was a lightweight leader of a weak field and emerged from the Republican ruck as a potent adversary for the president.
“The notion that he was a weak frontrunner has not been substantiated,” says Vin Weber, a former congressman and a Romney campaign adviser. “People have misdiagnosed the race a lot over the past year.”
If political scientists had wanted to construct an identikit picture of a Republican candidate saddled with negatives, then they may have come up with someone resembling Mr Romney.
He is a north-eastern moderate, and a Mormon, at a time when Republicans are more conservative, Christian and southern than ever. Worse, the core of his signature health reform in Massachusetts mirrors the very shake-up Mr Obama is so reviled by conservatives for.
After a banking crisis that triggered the worst economic downturn in the west since the great depression, Mr Romney also has a background in a corner of finance, private equity, known for high-risk leveraging and ruthlessness.
The notion that Americans might vote in a financier as their next president might have seemed preposterous two years ago as the banking crisis spread to the real economy.
But despite multiple obstacles, Mr Romney has so far surmounted every challenge thrown his way and positioned himself competitively ahead of the launch of the general election campaign.
Mr Obama and Mr Romney are virtually tied in national polls, though the president fares slightly better in voter surveys in crucial battleground states, such as Ohio.
In the past week, the Obama campaign’s attacks on Mr Romney’s record at Bain Capital, far from hurting the candidate, have split Democrats, with a number of prominent party figures supporting the private equity industry.
Mr Romney has benefited from the most important factor unifying Republicans of all stripes – their deep and at times fanatical antipathy to Mr Obama.
“Some presidents manage to knock the edge off the opposition’s opposition, but not this one. Mr Obama is not a neutral figure,” says William Galston, of the Brookings Institution, who worked in Bill Clinton’s White House.
Mr Romney and his campaign have displayed the kind of efficiency and ruthlessness necessary to win presidential elections and combat Mr Obama’s own well-resourced and hardened machine.
Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House of Representatives who was eventually swept aside by Mr Romney in the primaries, described his rival as someone “strong enough to look you in the eye and run over you”."
With all due respect Sebe: yada yada yada...You're talking to yourself now if you notice. And my friend, you are starting to lend your voice while at the same time providing a local venue for Republican talking points and Republican rhetoric on this here blog site.
What happened to The Independent Sebe?
Yes...it is going to be close. The country is very divided. Just do not want any recounts in any swing states.
The latest I see is that the "dream ticket" for the Repubs would be Romney-Rubio. I don't know - Rubio seems awfully young to me, but he's no less experienced that President Obama himself was when he became President, so I guess they can argue that point. The lefties will undoubtedly beat him up for being a Tea Party darling - as well as his characterization of himself as being a "son of exiles." But that might not make any REAL difference to the latino/Hispanic voters they would expect to peel away from Obama with Rubio on the ticket.
This one is getting to be far more interesting than I had imagined a year ago.
I dunno, Sebe. The Donald my just well be on the ticket! You think Romney's got the cahonies to denounce this obnoxious birther?
I doutbt it.
I think that Romney needs to denounce The Donald as much as he needs to denounce Rush Limburger. Romney isn't responsible for every clown who opposes Obama - just as President Obama isn't responsible for everything Jeremiah Wright says about America.
But Romney did obliquely address the issue:
As for the "birthers," I thought they were superseded by the "transcripters." But they're not unique - the President has various "hit teams" working to dig up dirt on Romney:
So what else is new?
....I'll field that question - THIS is new: