Polls Put Romney Back in His Place
After Obama's successes on health care and immigration, the GOP candidate's appeal is shrinking.
Obama and Biden are successfully using Romney's own spurious claims against him by unveiling the shrouded practices of outsourcing and offshoring -- the very tools that delivered Romney extraordinary returns and exorbitant wealth. The effective Obama strategy has left Romney's campaign scrambling for answers, and with responses that are mostly nil.
The NBC-Wall Street Journal poll reflects this, showing high unfavorable ratings for Romney's business background. Thirty-three percent of people said that the more they discover about his corporate-sector experience, the more negatively they view it. Only 18 percent viewed his experience positively.
Como Se Dice "Etch A Sketch"?
Recent Quinnipiac University polls are very much in line with the Wall Street Journal findings: President Obama has advantages over Romney in Florida (a 45 percent to 41 percent lead), Ohio (a margin of 47 percent to 38 percent) and Pennsylvania (a 45 percent to 39 percent difference).
Voters in these key states support the president's recent executive directive that allows undocumented children of illegal immigrants to avoid deportation, pursue higher education, apply for work authorization and seek a path to legal status. The president's decision affects all of those who arrived illegally before the age of 16, regardless of nationality, but the measure has a disproportionate effect on Latinos -- especially those of Mexican origin -- who make up the vast majority of undocumented residents.
Romney, who has yet to deliver an answer on whether he would rescind the president's directive, has an even deeper problem with Latino voters. During the hotly contested GOP primary, Romney "Etch A Sketched" his way to the far right by drawing a hard line on illegal immigrants, infamously concluding that they should all "self-deport."
It seems that Romney was more interested in appealing to an ever-shrinking xenophobic, white-ethnic voter base that loathes "others." But that isn't a winning political strategy in a general election. Latinos now constitute the largest ethnic minority in the country and are increasingly voting for Democratic officials.
Latinos, like most Americans, are also hugely in favor of Obama's other major policy achievement: health care reform. The recent Supreme Court victory has shifted the political landscape ahead of the November contest.
A Bloomberg national poll shows that 58 percent of Americans oppose a repeal of "Obamacare": A plurality, 43 percent, said that they want only small improvements in the 2010 law, while the other 15 percent were happy with the legislation as is.