Monday, December 10, 2012

Post-election, Romney holding his own

Over the past month, this is all we know about Mitt Romney -- each of which, theoretically, should have made him more unpopular.

a. He lost the election.

b. He accused Obama of tossing gifts at people to get elected.

c. Nearly every Republican of import savaged him for making those comments -- as did nearly every mainstream pundit and Democrat.

In other words, he inspired bipartisan scorn.

d. Aides anonymously bashed his campaign, conservatives said they never even liked him in the first place, and TMZ hit him sardonically for buying toys made in China for Christmas.

So voters' opinions of him must be historically low, right?

Not really.

In a new Politico poll, 47% say they view him favorably, while 47% view him unfavorably. That's lower than Barack Obama's 52%/45% rating, but still as McKay Coppins notes, that's not terribly bad.

You know what this means?

Pols, in 2016 -- less time in Hamilton County, Ohio; more time in the Magic Kingdom.