I can’t stand Barack Obama, but I likewise can’t stand Mitt Romney. But for different reasons.
Obama is a Democrat and theoretically any Republican should be better than a Democrat any day of the week, but Mitt Romney is just awful.
His campaign is inept, his campaign team are hopeless and he is a plastic candidate with no depth. I don’t believe he can win, even though Obama’s post convention bounce has waned. The point is Romney didn’t even get a bounce and that is unprecedented. Right now they are about where they were before the conventions, with Obama enjoying a slight advantage.
The last two paragraphs of this WaPo article succinctly explain my thinking:
The Romney campaign tends to point to two elections to show how its candidate could win this thing. There’s 1980, when Jimmy Carter supposedly led Ronald Reagan until the debates, and 1988, when Michael Dukakis was leading by 13 points after his convention. In fact, Reagan led going into the 1980 debates. And although Dukakis’s convention bounce was indeed large, it was wiped out by Bush’s convention bounce, which put him back in the lead.
That’s not to say Romney couldn’t win the election. A 3 percent gap is not insurmountable. But we’re quickly approaching a point where his comeback would be unprecedented in modern presidential history. And if the Romney campaign begins to crack under the pressure, then that comeback becomes that much less likely.