I was chatting with a friend of mine last night who works in Democratic politics, and looking ahead, he was feeling pretty optimistic about the 2012 elections. As he sees it, the pieces are largely in place – President Obama has weathered the attacks and remains in the lead; Mitt Romney is not well liked; and Paul Ryan’s radicalism only further tips the scales.
The recent economic data is pointing in the right direction; the post-Ryan bump was even smaller than expected; and Medicare is suddenly topic #1. Why shouldn’t Dems be happy?
What my friend couldn’t explain is how Democrats expect to succeed if Republicans rig the electoral process. Did everyone see Rachel’s lead story last night on Pennsylvania?