Conservative Blogress Diva Regent neoneocon finds it significant that fellow blogress diva Ann Althouse has come out for Mitt Romney:
Well, for one thing, Althouse lives in Wisconsin, a swing state. For another, although she is her own very unique self, she also probably represents a political trajectory shared by others who voted for Obama in 2008 and are not doing so in 2012. If so, that’s a good thing—I’d like to see a lot more changers, all around the country but especially in swing states.
Like neoneoocon, I have also been aware that Althouse has been “very hard on Obama for most of his administration.” And while the Wisconsinite offer hints, as I saw it, that she was moving in Romney’s direction, she did not, until today, commit to Mitt Romney. Simply put, Obama “lost” her:
Mitt Romney got the nomination, which is what I had been hoping for (after Mitch Daniels decided not to run). It was time to pay attention again to Obama The Candidate, and his campaign centered on vilifying Mitt Romney in the most inane Occupy-Wall-Street style that was completely alienating to me. Romney seamlessly transitioned from being my choice in the primaries to being my presumptive choice for President. I remained open to Obama. Obama could have won me.
Then came Benghazi, and a door closed.
(No wonder the legacy media are giving only limited coverage to this story.
Perhaps, Althouse has been leaning toward Romney for some time, but, like many Obama voters, wanted to give the president the benefit of the doubt. Or maybe she had a sense she’d be voting Republican this year, but just wasn’t ready to acknowledge it publicly. Wonder if there are more voters out there like that, leaning Romney, but not yet ready to commit publicly to the Republican.