President Is Aware Of The “Chill The Fuck Out” Meme

Ken AshfordElection 2012, PollsLeave a Comment

The president, speaking during a radio show interview about his debate performance:

Towards the end of the interview, Obama sought to assure listeners that he was still confident, alluding to an internet meme that features him: “As some of these emails that go around with my picture on them say, I can’t quote the entire thing, but ‘I got this.’”

He was referring to this:


I suppose this is as good a time as any for me to weigh in on the panic in some quarters of the left, given that the polls are tightening.  This is what Obama is referring to.

Truth is, I don't have much to say on the subject.  The polls are tightening, but it is no reason to panic.  Obama still has a hold of the key battleground states, particularly Ohio where 18% of likely voters have already voted (and 63% went for for Obama).  The thing is, going into the debates, there weren't a lot of undecideds.  Romney may be picking them up now, and motivating his base, but Obama still leads most places where he needs to lead.

Consider Quinnipiac, which has better news in Virginia:

Virginia 10/4-10/9 (9/11-9/17)
Obama 51 (50)
Romney 46 (46)

Wisconsin 10/4-10/9 (9/11-9/17)
Obama 50 (51)
Romney 47 (45)

Colorado 10/4-10/9 (9/11-9/17)
Obama 47 (48)
Romney 48 (47)

Quinnipiac sees modest movement toward Romney in Wisconsin and Colorado but essentially no change from Obama's post-convention high in Virginia. Every single poll done in Wisconsin has had Obama in the lead, so there's not much risk there. Ohio remains Barack Obama's firewall. If Obama wins there, Romney would have to win in Florida AND North Carolina AND Virginia AND Iowa AND Colorado AND Nevada to win the electoral vote. So you have to ask yourself whose position YOU would rather be in: Romney's or Obama's.