Nate Silver Versus Michael Barone: THIS NEEDS to be logged for posterity. All that’s missing is Dick Morris in the clown car with Pat Caddell.
Bottom line: Romney 315, Obama 223. That sounds high for Romney…. Romney beats Obama, handily, by Michael Barone….
Then there’s Nate Silver, saying Obama is the favorite electorally, which as you know is where I have been for a long time. Or just keep it simple and average the polls together, warts and all. You will find that Mr. Obama is the Electoral College favorite…
Michael Barone: evidence that his Almanac of American Politics was always bulls&%$ pulled out of his a&&. No evidence--polling or otherwise--underlying his "judgments":
Barone: Going out on a limb: Romney beats Obama, handily: Fundamentals usually prevail in American elections. That's bad news for Barack Obama…. [M]ost voters oppose Obama's major policies and consider unsatisfactory the very sluggish economic recovery -- Friday's jobs report showed an unemployment uptick.
Do we think Barone know that the unemployment rose not because employment fell but because more people started looking for jobs? No, we do not.
Also, both national and target state polls show that independents, voters who don't identify themselves as Democrats or Republicans, break for Romney. That might not matter if Democrats outnumbered Republicans by 39 to 32 percent, as they did in… 2008…. But just about every indicator suggests that Republicans are more enthusiastic about voting -- and about their candidate -- than they were in 2008, and Democrats are less so…. Which candidate will get the electoral votes of the target states? I'll go out on a limb and predict them, in ascending order of 2008 Obama percentages -- fully aware that I'm likely to get some wrong….
North Carolina (15 electoral votes). Obama has abandoned this target. Romney.
Florida (29)…. I don't see any segment of the electorate favoring Obama more than in 2008, and I see some (South Florida Jews) favoring him less. Romney.
Ohio (18)…. [M]any polls anticipate a more Democratic electorate than in 2008. Early voting tells another story…. [I]ntensity among rural, small -town and evangelical voters, undetected by political reporters who don't mix in such circles…. Romney.
Virginia (13). Post-debate polling mildly favors Romney, and early voting is way down in heavily Democratic Arlington, Alexandria, Richmond and Norfolk. Northern Virginia Asians may trend Romney. Romney.
Colorado (9). Unlike 2008, registered Republicans outnumber registered Democrats, and more Republicans than Democrats have voted early. The Republican trend in 2010 was squandered by weak candidates for governor and senator. Not this time. Romney.
Iowa (6). The unexpected Romney endorsements by the Des Moines Register and three other newspapers gave voice to buyer's remorse…. Democrats' traditional margin in early voting has declined. Romney.
Minnesota (10). A surprise last-minute media buy for the Romney campaign. But probably a bridge too far. Obama.
New Hampshire (4). Polls are very tight here. I think superior Republican intensity will prevail. Romney.
Pennsylvania (20). Everyone would have picked Obama two weeks ago. I think higher turnout in pro-coal Western Pennsylvania and higher Republican percentages in the Philadelphia suburbs could produce a surprise…. Romney.
Nevada (6)…. [T]he casino unions' turnout machine on Election Day re-elected an unpopular Harry Reid in 2010, and I think they'll get enough Latinos and Filipinos out this time. Obama.
Wisconsin (10)…. Gov. Scott Walker handily survived the recall effort in June…. Democrats depend heavily on margins in inner-city Milwaukee (population down) and the Madison university community. But early voting is down in university towns in other states. The Obama campaign is prepared to turn out a big student vote, but you don't see many Obama signs on campuses. Romney….
Bottom line: Romney 315, Obama 223. That sounds high for Romney. But he could drop Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and still win the election. Fundamentals.