It’s early yet, but this week is going really badly for Mitt Romney. Consider the following:
- Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney’s top advisor (and also Scott Brown’s BFF), may have outdone his “Etch A Sketch” comment by declaring on MSNBC that Romney agrees with President Obama that the health care law’s individual mandate is not a tax (there’s video here). This puts Romney directly at odds with the entire Republican establishment, which has been desperately trying to salvage a silver lining from their epic defeat at the Supreme Court by claiming that Chief Justice Roberts declared the mandate a tax. (That’s not exactly what he did, but put that aside for the moment.) This has led to what TPM’s Josh Marshall aptly called “GOP messaging pandemonium.” GOP stalwarts like the American Spectator are horrified at the messaging debacle.
- Fehrnstrom’s gaffe lends support to what right-wing moguls Rupert Murdoch and Jack Welch tweeted over the weekend: that the Romney campaign doesn’t stand a chance unless it dumps “old friends” and brings in some people who know what they’re doing.
- Also on health care, recent polling finds the public still split on Obamacare, but against whatever it is that Romney is selling by a wide margin.
- Meanwhile, a Hispanic Republican congressman in Florida – David Rivera, a well-known Miami-area power broker especially in the Cuban-American community – is calling out Romney’s total failure to articulate any sort of policy on immigration, and “warned that elements of the Miami party machinery won’t engage on election day without a more expansive Romney plan on immigration.”
- On the campaign trail, the Obama campaign’s relentless attacks on Romney’s history at Bain are working. And for good reason: the more Americans learn about how Bain actually made its piles and piles of money, the less they’re going to like it.
- Relatedly, Vanity Fair just published a detailed look at Romney’s offshore bank accounts. It’s an eye-opening look at why Mitt Romney is really, really nothing like you.
- Finally, thanks to danfromwaltham for reminding me to check recent polling: reports yesterday were that the latest Gallup tracking poll has Obama up 5 points over Romney (48-43), Obama’s largest lead since April.
Can’t wait to see what happens tomorrow! :-)