National polls remain tight, but do so polls in states that haven’t gone Republican since George H.W. Bush ran as Reagan’s heir in 1988.
One thing is clear though the excitement this time around is all on the Republican side — even in states extremely likely to go Democratic on Tuesday. From Ulster County in up “in purple upstate New York“, Richard Brookhiser observes that whereas his valley “was sown with Obama signs” in 2008,
This year has brought a complete flip. Romney signs have sprouted like mushrooms, including a big one promising a Romney-Ryan victory celebration on election night. I have also seen two empty chairs, labeled Obama or Nobama. I have spotted only a couple Obama signs.
It’s not just that Romney voters are more enthusiastic in the Empire State, at least two newspapers in the state which endorsed Obama in 2008 are now casting their lot with the Republican. Newsday began its endorsement of Romney by citing Obama’s failure:
Had Barack Obama done the job of president with the same passion and vision he displayed in seeking it, he would likely deserve another term. He did not.
Against this we must weigh Mitt Romney, an imperfect candidate but one who has a special track record too. From his creation of a vast personal fortune to his successful stewardship of the threatened Salt Lake City Olympics to his governing of Massachusetts, Romney’s life is a tale of success after success, many of them achieved in difficult circumstances.
The New York Daily News was equally brutal, noting how New Yorkers have suffered under Obama:
New Yorkers have fared no better. The state is alone among the 50 in suffering significantly rising unemployment over the last 12 months, with the rate now at 8.9%. The city’s pain index is 8.8%, and the five boroughs have been trading down in salaries.
Their editors too scored the Democrat for failing to to meet the challenges before him:
Recovery from the disaster that Obama inherited was going to take time. But four years is a long, long slog. Had the President guided a typical upswing, America would by now have regained essentially all its lost jobs. At his present pace, Obama would reach that milestone in the third year of a second term.
The regrettable truth is that Obama built a record of miscalculations and missed opportunities.
Now, I highly doubt that these endorsements will cause the Empire State to swing into the Romney column, but they do show that many former Obama supporters are souring on the incumbent.