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Is that a temporary bounce? Or is it that people just hadn't seen unfiltered Romney and were happy to see a credible, appealing alternative to the Obama administration? At the least, it tells me that many people are openminded about considering Romney.
Contrary to many or most news reports, I don't think that Obama "lost" the debate. To emphasize that is to minimize Romney's positive accomplishment. I think Romney "won," won by being a more impressive, knowledgeable, and serious figure.
By the way, where are all the Obama bumper stickers this year?
Re: bumper stickers. I commute from Western Massachusetts to Connecticut - two states that will not go to Romney - and I've easily seen more Romney bumper stickers than Obama ones. And of the Obama ones, a lot are 2008 leftovers.
Here in Michigan, last election the yard signs and stickers were every where. In Traverse city it was like they were installing them at intersections there were so many. This year in Traverse city during the Dem convention we counted 5 obama, 4 romney and 2 ron paul (RP = large, hand made yard banners). Here in mid Michigan after the debate- 11 yard signs around town so far for Romney and a BILLBOARD, 3 yard for Obama. There are a few scant bumper stickers for obama - note that in both mid mich and traverse city the stickers were all on GM cars -except for one subaru. Very few stickers in Ann Arbor also. Couldn't go to trader joes or whole foods in '08 w/o being blinded. Agree that Obama was the same old same old in the debate. I don't think he performed any worse than normal. I though he was consistently himself.
One of our local towns held an Apple fest, and the County Dem. Party had a tent, and, had plenty of yard signs and bumper stickers.
They asked for a donation, but said it wasn't necessary (to defer the cost of printing, they say ). Across the way, the REP's had a table, and out of signs and stickers, and said they had more than enough money, to donate it to the various charities there.
I now the county is more Red than Blue, but quite striking.
I will disagree. Obama clearly lost the debate. He looked...well, like everything libs are admitting he looked like: unfocused, distracted, unable to articulate anything he stands for.
I told my students that Romney couldn't win the election through this debate but if he had looked unprepared and Obama had come across as in charge he could have lost it.
I could be wrong (and would be happy to be proven so). But i think the electorate has a very short attention span. Romney needs to avoid giving swing voters any reason to desert him for the next month.
In Northern California Obama bumper stickers are on lots of cars. But California is a lost cause anyway. If 0 were to win, prepare to pay some of your increased taxes to bail out California. Sad but true.
Dr. Everett V. Scott
I just drove from Florida to Kansas to North Carolina and back. I saw very few Obama bumper stickers. My wife and I both noticed this. West Virginia seemed to be particularly for Romney. Mostly what we have seen are yard signs for Romney. There also seems to be fewer yard signs for local races. Not scientific nor verifiable. YMMV.