Romney Could Win Just by Showing Up

Given the economy, doing as little as possible might work: Steve Kornacki
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2012 4:20 PM CDT
A supporter of Mitt Romney holds a sign during a campaign stop at the Scamman Farm in Stratham, N.H., Friday.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Small focus groups might not be the most reliable of political predictors, but a new one suggests that some of President Obama's supporters in 2008 are "going wobbly," writes Steve Kornacki at Salon. Why? The specifics may not matter. The fact is, Obama is president at a time when the economy is lousy, and whether that's Obama's fault or not, it means that Mitt Romney may not have to do much of anything to steal swing voters.

"In a way, the Romney campaign is a grand-scale political science experiment," writes Kornacki. "By running an intentionally vague and generic campaign ... Romney is calculating that it really doesn’t take anything more than a 98.6 degree body temperature for a challenger to succeed in a climate like this." He may not win, of course, "but by doing almost nothing, he’s going to at least come close." Read the full column. (Read more Mitt Romney 2012 stories.)

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