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Peggy Noonan Gives Every Undecided Voter a Huge Number of Reasons to Vote for Barack Obama

Peggy Noonan:

Time for an Intervention: Romney… on the Mideast… a political opportunist… small and tinny… [in a] moment when people look at you and imagine you as president…. Romney’s theory… the electorate receives government checks and therefore won’t vote for him…. is… how shallow campaign operatives talk…. I wrote recently of an imagined rural Ohio woman…. You can win her vote if you give her faith in your fairness and wisdom. But not if you label her and dismiss her…. [T]hose workers who don’t pay any income taxes… pay payroll taxes… would like to file a 1040 because that will mean they got a raise….

Romney sounded like… a kid new to politics who thinks he got the inside lowdown on how it works from some operative… the Romney campaign is… incompetent… not big… not brave…. “Mitt, this isn’t working.”… Romney… always [is] disappearing into fund-raisers…. But the logic of Romney’s fundraising has seemed… crazy…. Romney’s staff used to brag they had a lower burn rate, they were saving it up. For what?… Romney’s ads are mostly boring….

Romney is not good at press conferences…. Romney needs fresh writing and fresh thinking. Romney needs to get serious…. Or he can keep typing out his stray thoughts with Stuart Stevens…. Romney always seems alone out there, a guy with a mic pacing an empty stage…

Beats me, however, how Romney could win the vote of an imaginary Ohio woman. She is imaginary. Imaginary ballots are not counted, are they?

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