From “Obama’s new challenge: Disappointment,” Jonathan Allen, Politico:
“Yet what emerged from Tampa was a subtle, clever shift in GOP messaging, a much more dangerous strategy for Obama than the kitchen-sink attacks that preceded the gathering. Republicans posed — rhetorically — as Obama 2008 voters, lamenting his unfulfilled expectations as if they had been with him all along instead of trying to block him at every turn.
“Both sides recognize the power of the disappointment theme: that the hope Obama offered for mending the economy, transforming the political process and even saving the earth has faded.
“Obama’s senior campaign adviser David Axelrod described the convention Friday as an exercise in ‘base’ management, with little crossover appeal. But the disappointment argument is aimed directly at the decisive 6 percent to 8 percent of voters, mostly independents, who were willing to give Obama a chance four years ago.
“‘Given how the GOP entered the convention on the heels of [Missouri Senate candidate Todd] Akin and the platform discussion, I think they did a very good job of keeping the ‘crazy’ out of the convention. All the prime-time speakers were reassuring and appeared moderate on social issues,’ Democratic pollster Anna Greenberg said. ‘In fact, it was a pretty boring convention, in a good way for the GOP.’
“[New Mexico Governor Susana] Martinez told a killer anecdote about her conversion from Democrat to Republican over dinner with her husband and GOP friends. ‘I’ll be damned — we’re Republicans!’
“The subliminal message to moderate voters? ‘I’ll be damned — we’re Romney-ans!'” Emphasis added.
I think that last part is a major stretch. Even party faithful don’t think of themselves as Romney-ans.
And being disappointed doesn’t also make you stupid.