I first put the equivalent comment in Sara Burnett’s comment section, but the liberal commentator bots refused to publish it (UPDATE: Hours later it made it through). Now Neil King in the Wall Street Journal repeats her non-story asking the same non-question: Why is Romney visiting “Red” towns/Counties in Colorado?
We’ll see if they publish my comment. Here is largely what I told each writer:
What a manufactured story. Obama has a bus tour of deep blue towns and that is smart “base vote” campaigning.
“President Obama’s two-day bus trip starting Thursday through Northern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania is a trip largely through places he won before and where he’ll need to succeed again. This is no swing-county tour; this is a lot of need-to-have, not nice-to-have territory for any Democrat hoping to win these states. “
Romney’s bus tour, on the other hand, was of decidedly Battleground Counties but that’s not worthy of a contrasting mention in this non-story:
New Hampshire: Romney visits the towns of Stratham and Milford. Stratham is located in Rockingham County, in the southeastern most portion of the state. Barack Obama narrowly carried Rockingham in 2008, defeating Sen. John McCain by about 1 percentage point. Milford is located in Hillsborough County, another blue county in 2008. Obama carried this one by a margin of about 3 percentage points.
Pennsylvania: Weatherly and Quakertown are located in Carbon County and Bucks County, respectively, two counties that went blue the last time around. Obama won Carbon County by roughly 2 percentage points and carried Bucks County by about 9.
Wisconsin: Romney will stop at a manufacturer in Janesville, Wis. Janesville is located in the blue Rock County. Obama carried Rock County by almost 30 percentage points in 2008. More recently, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett carried this county in the recent recall election in the state, beating Republican Governor Scott Walker 56 percent to 43 percent.
Iowa: Davenport is located in Scott County, where Obama won with about 57 percent of the vote in 2008, a double-digit margin over McCain, who received 42 percent of the vote.
Michigan: Romney will be stopping in Frankenmuth, in Saginaw County and in the city of Dewitt, which is located in Clinton County–Obama carried Saginaw and Clinton, although he narrowly eeked out McCain in the latter county, scoring roughly 50 percent of the vote to McCain’s 49 percent.
Now Romney works his base in Colorado because contrary to Obama campaign and media parroting, it wasn’t the Hispanic vote that carried Obama to victory in Colorado it was the white vote:
[C]ontrary to conventional wisdom, Latinos did not swing the state from red to blue in 2008. According to exit polls, John McCain managed 38 percent of the Latino vote. In 2004, George W. Bush pulled in 30 percent. The real action was with white voters, who gave McCain just 48 percent of the vote compared to 57 percent for Bush.
Obama’s 9 percentage point gain (versus Kerry in 2004) among the voting bloc representing 80%+ of overall voter turnout won the state.
This is the secure your base phase of the campaign. Swing voters tune in after labor day.
If Romney is still limiting his Colorado visits to deep red counties in October then it is a story. Right now it’s manufactured tripe.