The crowds coming out to see Romney and Ryan have been huge, with waiting lines stretching around the block. Meanwhile, Obama spoke to a half-empty (the left described it as “half-full”) room in Chicago, his home town. Vice President Biden spoke to a paltry crowd of 660 people in North Carolina, the same state where just the day before saw two huge R/R rallies, one had nearly 5000 people, the other far exceeded 10,000. Mitt and Ryan went on to speak separately to large capacity+ crowds in Florida, Wisconsin, and Iowa.
The disparity in the crowd size has not gone unnoticed. A new Democratic fund-raising email has gone out:
I just got this disturbing report: Yesterday’s Romney-Ryan rally in North Carolina pulled in an overflow crowd of 15,000 people.
There’s no spinning that number. It’s a LOT of people, and the Republican base in energized.
And that’s not all. Since the VP announcement, Romney’s campaign has brought in over 70,000 donations from his Tea Party base.
We’ve got to step up our game and mobilize our supporters — starting right now.
Donate $3 or right now to help us rally our base around President Obama’s agenda.
The email is signed Brynne Craig, DCCC Field Director.
Spending money may succeed in mobilizing their supporters, but will it enthuse them? That remains to be seen.
The New York Times, of all places, is starting to notice that the pleas from the Obama Camp for more and more funds are starting to sound increasingly desperate:
… Each plea for money from President Obama and his allies has become more urgent and desperate than the last.
The dire hand-wringing is partly tactical for a campaign that is likely to have more than enough money to execute its strategy. By appearing desperate, Mr. Obama’s campaign hopes it can persuade more of its supporters to donate now, rather than later.
But in fact, Mr. Obama is facing a quandary his 2008 campaign team never even contemplated: a rival whose fund-raising operation appears better positioned to tap into both the deep pockets of wealthy donors and the economic frustrations of average Americans.
Regardless of the real impact on Mr. Obama’s campaign operations, there’s an image problem to worry about.
The appeals for donations occasionally recall the “Everything 80 percent off! Going out of Business” sales that try to entice customers into the store. And yet, Mr. Obama’s campaign team has clearly calculated that it is willing to risk leaving that kind of impression if it means raising more money.
Perception plays a major role in the outcome of an election. People don’t like to vote for a loser, and if the perception takes hold that the Obama campaign is on its last legs desperately clinging for life, it is going to be far harder for them to win this thing.
you guys completely underestimate... what Mitt is about to do post convention.
I think you will see a coordinated orchestrated effort with media buys which will blow this election wide open.
Romney it too competent for it to be any other way.
Proof - his VP pick was perfect.
I understand, but I if that is his strategy, I think it's a mistake.
Obama has successfully executed the toughest part of his campaign: tear down Romney's character without being tainted in the process. A lot of voters see Romney as the guy they have been taught to despise their entire lives, a super rich guy who got that way by trampling over working people.
Of course Romney has objected to Obama's tactics, but that only magnifies the problem. It puts him on the defensive, he sounds whiney and it makes the conversation about whether or not Romney killed a guy's wife or only looted the company and left the workers high and dry.
So now he picks a VP that gives the Obama slime team a chance to go through the whole exercise again. Rather than trying to justify a failed administration, Obama is accusing Ryan and Romney of wanting to push elderly women off cliffs. And putting blacks into chains. Of course, Romney and Ryan will object, and the conversation for another week will be about whether or not Ryan really does want to kill old people.
The problem Romney now faces is by the time he rolls out his ad blitz, a significant number of independent voters will consider voting for him to be inconceivable, even if they don't like Obama.
So interesting to see how easy it is to pretend that all of a sudden all the facts have changed. No bump from Ryan yet, and just because you keep saying something, does not make it true.
Jem, I've always said it was going to be close, but the numbers are still in Obama's favor. No need to argue about polls, since you are the only one I can respect for at least being a man of conviction about your side. All the rest are just wishy washy wannabees who love to ramble on but have no guts.