So, what is more embarrassing - facing tough primary challengers and "underperforming", or a supposedly-likeable President with "great" achievements barely getting through uncontested primaries?
The MSM largely said during the bruising GOP primaries that Mitt Romney has a problem with the Republican conservative base - that he will not be able to mobilize them or solidify his base in order to court the independent and undecided voters in the fall. However, it turns out that President Obama has a serious problem with his core base, while Governor Romney has rallied his primary rivals and, with a conservative base behind him, managed to draw the race into a dead heat 5 months before Election Day.
Besides having some fun on Twitter and mocking the President's weak showing (in addition to his poor poll numbers, these numbers ought to be put in context: it's a tough year for incumbents in a very frustrating environment.
Nonetheless, for an inmate, an unknown activist or even a 'uncommitted' protest vote to get 42% in 3 primaries against an unchallenged incumbent should not only a wake up call for the President's team, but is a sign of a growing frustration within the Democratic party with Obama wrecking this country's economy and taking the most far left liberal positions at a time when people are struggling with ends meet and are yearning for some unified leadership to put the country back on track.
As I always argue, in order to win a competitive election, one must solidify a base but also bite into his opponent's traditional base with a broader appeal while not leaving anyone feeling that he/she abandoned his/her base. Congressman Bob Turner in the NY-9 special election was a perfect example.
These primary embarrassments for Team Obama grant Mitt Romney a rare opportunity to appeal to those disappointed Democrats - many of whom are part of the 23 Million people unemployed - and to those who oppose the President's sharp liberal turn (like those independents out there) that care about the future. All Mitt Romney has to do is draw a sharp contrast with the President on the issues that matter the most for all Americans. He must sharpen his fiscal message and plea for the rare chance to look above party affiliation or policy differences. He must convince those outside of his base to not only want to fire Barack Obama, but to want to hire the right guy, for the right job, at the right time.
I believe that a coalition of enthusiastic Republicans, optimistic Independents and disappointed Democrats will not only make this election close, but give Romney the upper hand and ultimately winning this election on election night with a overwhelming majority and a strong electoral college showing.
Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jacobkornbluh