The new Romney Weeble—knocks itself over, again and again, but won't fall down, or so goes the new Republican talking point.
So went the marketing slogan for the wobbly Weeble toy, introduced in the 1970s, and rebooted recently.
Speaking of reboots, the daily-rebooted Romney campaign may have finally settled on a way to position and explain their constantly self-destructing candidate: Mitt Romney is a Weeble himself.
Hoping that polls, currently showing Romney losing ground to President Obama, after weeks of horrific wobbles by the GOP nominee, will come back to a tie (or close to it) in the next few weeks, the new Republican line is:
"Romney wobbles, but he won't fall down."
Morning Joe's Joe Scarborough said today (see video clip below)—and note how he begins to fulfill his prophecy of the comeback story:
"If Mitt Romney can take one punch after another from his own fist, 'cause he keeps hurting himself, and this thing ties back up, you're gonna have a lot of clenched people in the Obama campaign. Because they're going to go: 'God, this guy keeps blowing himself up, and we can't get rid of him.' i'm saying if that happens, i've just followed these things—we all have too much—the press loves the comeback story…[Romney] still has the opportunity to pull this out."
"The press loves a comeback story."—i.e. a Weeble
Meanwhile Karl Rove, writing in the Wall Street Journal yesterday, dismissed Romney's monumentally disastrous campaign mistakes as typical "awkward moments" afflicting "every campaign". Rove went on to compare Romney's current difficulties to President Obama's "You didn't build that" melodrama, which of course, unlike the Romney fiascoes, was built upon a deliberate mischaracterization by Republicans of Obama's words.
Rove said the polls—well, the two slightly favorable ones to Romney (Gallup and Rasmussen) Rove quoted—had changed very little, and that President Obama's vote share, struggling to break 50%, was a sign the race was still close.
Maybe, but more polls are now showing Obama hitting and breaking the 50% mark, and Romney is left at this point struggling to get to 45%.
Rove said the next campaign "inflection" would be the debates. But, as Politico noted on Wednesday, it may be comforting for the Romney campaign to think they have at least one more chance to introduce their candidate to the nation in the presidential debates, but:
"A 2008 Gallup polling analysis found that debates in 1984, 1988 and 1996 'had little to no impact on voter preferences during the debate period.' In 1980 and 1992, the debates primarily boosted the third-party candidates running in those races."
While the corporate MSM certainly has a deeply vested interest in hyping the idea the campaign is still a winnable contest for either candidate, the looks of despair across the capitalist commentariat definitely show that the door is quickly closing on that window of believability. At some point, no matter how many more inflections there are, people who made up their minds, and who are even now voting in early balloting, will just stop listening to anything Mitt Romney has to say.
In other words, Romney cannot have many (or any) wobbles left before his campaign will fall down—permanently.