From “Romney RIP — not so fast,” Glenn Thrush and Byron Tau, Politico:
Mitt Romney’s campaign seems to be collapsing like a cheap card table, but one top Democrat close to President Barack Obama had a curt warning for allies who were declaring the election all but over on Tuesday.
It ain’t over, he said, until Karl Rove sings.
“I’ll relax when Karl Rove wakes up one morning and realizes that Mitt Romney can’t win the White House, and he needs to throw all his money at other races,” the adviser told POLITICO….
“Until Rove does that, we are going to get outpaced by two to one, at least, by these super PACs. Add a couple of good debates for Romney, and the fact that he’s doing well in North Carolina, and [Paul] Ryan’s put Wisconsin in play — there’s your tight race.”
“Everybody always wonders what famous people are like behind closed doors. They wonder about Mitt Romney more than most,” said Democratic strategist Paul Begala, who said the Romney campaign has worked hard to “humanize” the candidate.
“This destroys all that,” Begala said. “he comes across as what he is: an arrogant elitist.”
Focus groups conducted by the Obama campaign and allied groups are showing a growing movement away from Romney among suburban women, the key swing demographic in battleground states, such as Ohio, Florida and Virginia. The words that keep cropping up…are “not sympathetic” and “doesn’t care” — a damaging tend for a Republican who needs to win over economically strapped independents.