The Blog

Morning Jay: The State of the Race, Four Weeks Out

6:00 AM, Oct 10, 2012 • By JAY COST
Widget tooltip
Single Page Print Larger Text Smaller Text Alerts

Too many conservatives were bewitched by the Obama campaign’s bandwagon efforts through September. They were demoralized as the Democrats and their friends in the media transformed a fairly typical convention bounce and a weak, three-point lead into a sure sign that the race was over. Democrats were pushing that story because it moved the bandwagon forward, and they will try to get it up and running again soon.

But make no mistake: what we have here is a very close race in an evenly divided nation. Both sides should lock down 47 percent, and it will be a fight to the finish for the tiny sliver of the electorate that is truly up for grabs. 

Jay Cost is a staff writer for THE WEEKLY STANDARD and the author of Spoiled Rotten: How the Politics of Patronage Corrupted the Once Noble Democratic Party and Now Threatens the American Republic, available now wherever books are sold.

Recent Blog Posts

The Weekly Standard Archives

Browse 15 Years of the Weekly Standard

Old covers