It's here. It's finally here.
Now that G-O-TEA primary season is coming to an end, DC pundits have officially declared "The Beginning of the General Election" this week. (Sorry, Ron Paul fans, but it's over.) I guess that explains why Willard "Mr. 1%" Romney is bringing out the Etch-a-Sketch.
Never mind that Romney is now being endorsed by the virulently homophobic anti-equality organization, NOM. Never mind that he's aligned himself with anti-immigrant extremists who have pushed the the most xenophobic legislation in a generation in state houses across the country. And never mind that Romney has fully embraced "The War on Women" with his commitment to annihilating women's reproductive health care. Never mind all of that, because it's Etch-a-Sketch time!
So at least at the Presidential level, the general election has arrived. And Mitt Romney is already flop-flopping his way in. But really, how well prepared is his Republican Party? Just two months ago, the Nevada Republican Party simply flipped over the great flop that its caucus turned out to be. And just last month, both the Washoe County GOP and the Clark County GOP experienced total meltdown at their respective conventions. So is the Nevada GOP really ready to carry Mittens over the finish line?
(The Nevada goodness starts around 6:00.)
We'll have to see how much more they can milk "TEH CUL'CHUR WARZZZ!!!" cow, because that's all they have left... Well, that and Karl Rove's Super PAC money. And certainly, Rove's millions will get them somewhere. However, can "air raids" of TV ads really match what Nevada Democrats have on the ground? I doubt it. Sure, TV ads play a role in determining elections, but even Jon Ralston had to admit that the ground game is the ultimate determining factor.
Oh yes, and it helps to have a message. We know what President Obama's message is. What does Romney have? Paul Ryan?
And pundits still wonder why President Obama now has a strong lead here in Nevada?