Obama Trails Romney And Gingrich In 12 Swing States

The Romney versus Gingrich showdown has conservatives feeling something less than inspired, but for what it’s worth they are polling well against Obama in key swing state matchups:

A new USA Today/Gallup poll in 12 swing states finds President Obama now trails Mitt Romney among registered voters by 5 points, 43% to 48%, and Newt Gingrich by 3 points, 45% to 48%. …

Key finding: Voters who identify themselves as Democratic or Democratic-leaning in these key states is down by 4 points since 2008, while the ranks of Republicans have climbed by 5 points.

The swing states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Electability is always the bludgeon with which establishment, so-called “moderate” Republicans bludgeon conservatives to death. Conservatives aren’t electable, the conventional wisdom goes. So we must nominate people like Romney or Gingrich.

I guess, by that measure, Romney and Gingrich can apparently win (though it’s worth nothing this same poll shows both trailing Obama in a national poll) but to what purpose? Merely delaying the appointment this nation has with fiscal collapse?

From the tea party protests to the polls that show record-breaking levels of distrust for government and politicians, I don’t think the public could make it any more clear that we want a change in the way this country is governed. Unfortunately, the only choices we ever seem to have on the ballot are more of the same.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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