John Podhoretz writes in the New York Post that Romney and the GOP are needlessly freaking out about polls while ignoring their base. He says they're too focused on winning over a small group of uncomitted voters by avoiding specifics that might offend them.
The problem with that strategy is a) it means he doesn't say much, and b) it does nothing to stimulate the enthusiasm of those already in his corner.
Those folks in his corner are now experiencing the opposite of a sugar high from the post-convention polls showing Obama in the lead.
Romney & Co. are wrong if they think negative feelings toward Obama are sufficient to motivate their voters. These people would like very much to believe in their candidate.
That's not happening now. A CNN/ORC poll released yesterday shows that only 47 percent of Romney voters are on his side because they want to vote for him; 48 percent are casting a vote against Obama.
He has to give those voters more. He owes those voters more, because without more— and with a relentless press barrage designed to depress and worry them — their worry will deepen into panic, and possibly into despair.