[QUOTE=chiefst2000;4498600]Your post exemplifies exactly how Romney wins this thing. No one is buying this idea Romney is an "extremist". Your political views are Progressive Left based on your posts here. Even you aren't really put off by Romney. If it were Gingrich or Santorum running you would be fired up and seething against them. Other progressives will also vote for Obama but like you they won't be crushed if things go the other way. Now translate that over to the center and center left group of voters. The enthusiasm for Obama is non-existent outside of his core constituency of Blacks and GLBT activists, Latinos and environmentalists. Polls are showing independents breaking for Romney by huge margins. Most show Romney winning independents by 10-15 point margins. That will grow as the election draws near and undecideds break heavily in favor of the challenger (as always happens in incumbent presidential election years).[/QUOTE]
For the record, I'm not black, gay, latino or a serious environmentalist. I'm just a progressive.
I agree with you, Para and CR about the debates - they're going to be very interesting.
As for the independents, right now they're leaning Romney, but I don't think any of that is set is stone. Most independents are probably fiscally conservative but socially liberal - a lot like WinstonBiggs on this board. He'd actually be a good gauge of a independent voter thought. Gonna be interesting to see who he ultimately chooses as the lesser of two evils.