That’s the word from Fox News political contributor and former Clinton White House advisor Dick Morris, who was speaking at the Americans for Prosperity Foundation’s celebration of what would have been economist Milton Friedman’s 100th birthday at the Fort Wayne Marriott Tuesday evening.
Morris says the polls he’s seen have Republican Mitt Romney up 15 points in Indiana, so he doubts President Obama will challenge his GOP opponent by running commercials or making campaign appearances in our state.
In terms of the big picture, Morris expects Romney to easily win the presidency for two reasons. The most obvious is the scuffling economy, an issue which Morris thinks Romney has done a sufficient job of capitalizing on. The other? Judging from the data he’s seen, Morris says Romney has been able to withstand President Obama’s attacks on the presumptive Republican nominee’s tenure leading the venture capital firm Bain Capital quite well.
“Even after all of Obama’s attacks on Romney, they said ‘Do you think Romney’s business background, including his time at Bain Capital, will make it harder or easier for him to create jobs?’ And [the answer] was 62% to 24% easier,” said Morris. Translation? The assaults upon Romney’s potentially most vulnerable area just haven’t borne much fruit. If this is the best ammo the president has, it could be a tough fall for him.
Not that President Obama doesn’t have assets in his corner. In Morris’s view, Obama must exploit the advantages of incumbency, the inspirational power of being the first African American president, and his likeable personality in order to give himself the best possible chance of re-election.
One last thing: Morris says Romney’s best choice for a running mate would be Condoleeza Rice, the former secretary of state under George W. Bush. We could find out who Romney ends up choosing anytime between now and the start of the Republican National Convention August 27. If history is any guide, his choice will probably have little effect on a race that, three months out, looks basically like a tie.