Barack Obama has led Mitt Romney in 21 of the last 25 head-to-head matchups counted by the RealClearPolitics average of polls. Now there are indications the long lead has gone to the president's head.So wrote the Washington Examiner's chief political correspondent Byron York. Are Obama's supporters misunderestimating Mitt Romney?
"To say that the [Obama] campaign doesn't fear Romney is an understatement -- he's viewed as almost a joke," the Web publication BuzzFeed reported this week in an inside look at Obama's Chicago headquarters. As evidence of how hilarious the campaign finds Romney, BuzzFeed reported, Obama staffers have named their building's elevators after cars in reference to the planned car elevator in Romney's California home.
Meanwhile, politically savvy liberals outside the White House are worried that many, perhaps most, Democrats aren't taking Romney seriously, either. "I wonder the degree to which Democrats and liberals and progressives are underestimating the formidable nature of the Romney campaign," MSNBC's Hayes asked Bloomberg View columnist Jonathan Alter on Sunday.Let them go ahead and take it as a joke. I remember George W. Bush in 2000 ... and he is now retired after two terms as U.S. President.
"Totally underestimating," Alter replied. "I run into people all the time who say, 'Obama's got this.' They don't know what they're talking about."
Go ahead. Misunderestimate. We'll see you at the polls in November.