How to save a listing candidacy, the Baker Way.
"Nothing is written." That was T.E. Lawrence to the Arab tribesmen in Robert Bolt's screenplay, a masterpiece, of "Lawrence of Arabia." You write no one off. Nothing is inevitable. Life is propaganda--"What happened today?" And propaganda is surprise--"You're kidding!"
But you have to look at the landscape and see the shape of the land. You have to see it clearly to move on it well.
So here's one tough, cool-eyed report on what is happening in the leaderial race. It's from veteran Republican pollster, now corporate strategist, Steve Lombardo of Edelman public relations in Washington. Mr. Lombardo worked in the 2008 Romney campaign. He's not affiliated with any candidate. This is what he wrote Thursday morning, and what he sees is pretty much what I see.
"The pendulum has swung toward Obama." Mitt Romney has "a damaged political persona." He is running behind in key states like Ohio and Virginia and, to a lesser extent, Florida. The leader is reversing the decline that began with his "You didn't build that" comment. For three weeks he's been on a roll. The wind's at his back.