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Wed Oct 24, 2012, 09:41 AM

Who ascribes 'momentum'? (updated)

Who ascribes 'momentum'?

By Steve Benen

I saw a curious headline from NPR this morning: "Romney Rides Momentum To Nevada, Colorado." Reuters had a similar headline this morning, touting Romney's "momentum," and Slate did the same thing yesterday.

I have no idea what they're talking about.

To be sure, the Republican saw significant, possibly even election-changing, gains after his first debate with President Obama three weeks ago, erasing the advantage the incumbent built up in September.

But what's happened since? By every measure, Obama won the second debate last week, then won again in the third debate. The polls that showed the president's lead evaporating have leveled off. Early voting totals have looked quite favorable for Democrats. In Nate Silver's model, Obama's odds of winning have gone from 61.1% two weeks ago to 68.1% yesterday.

So why simply ascribe Romney with "momentum"? Based on what, exactly? Does the Republican have momentum because he's telling the media he has momentum?

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http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/10/24/14666805-who-ascribes-momentum

The news organizations are desperately trying to push Republican enthusiasm higher by creating the impression that Romney is surging.

Updated to add:

The Morning Plum: For now, the math still favors Obama

By Greg Sargent

News orgs have been too credulous in reporting on Mitt Romney’s supposedly continuing “surge.” The Romney campaign has carefully orchestrated the appearance of “momentum,” and even though tracking polls suggest the race has stabilized, the “momentum” storyline persists.

But little by little, a new storyline is taking hold: Whatever is happening on the national level, the fact remains that Romney faces a more daunting climb in the electoral math than Obama does — meaning the President is currently leading.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/the-morning-plum-for-now-the-math-still-favors-obama/2012/10/24/b32f3516-1dc6-11e2-9cd5-b55c38388962_blog.html

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ProSense Oct 2012 OP
spanone Oct 2012 #1
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slackmaster Oct 2012 #5
ProSense Oct 2012 #6
ProSense Oct 2012 #3
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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 09:42 AM

1. it's a media myth to keep the race 'close'

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Response to spanone (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:00 AM

2. That's part of it, but they also want to excite Republicans. n/t

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Response to spanone (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:27 AM

5. Not necessarily a myth, but if it isn't close they don't have any "infotainment" to sell

 

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Response to slackmaster (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:40 AM

6. If they're pushing a Romney surge, it's a myth.

You're right about the horse race too.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:25 AM

3. Kick for

still winning!

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Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:26 AM

4. Pun Ditzes and Common 'Taters

 

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Wed Oct 24, 2012, 12:27 PM

7. Kick! n/t

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