The Pennsylvania Surge

As Pejman notes below, Mitt Romney is still very much in the race in Pennsylvania. And if this new ad — the opening seconds of which strike me as brutally effective — is any indication, it looks like Team Romney is out for blood:

  1. Richard
    PTomanovich:  

    Pig Man: I hope the O team doesn’t fall for that trap. · 19 minutes ago

    Are you lost?  I’m not sure that you are on the site you think you are. · 8 hours ago

    Hey, I think it is good to have a few liberals here. He can stay. 

  2. Duane Oyen

    Well, Ed Gillespie, et al, who have actually run elections before, and have all of the detailed polling data, are paid to make those decisions, Pig Man.  And I am sure that a) they have better information than you do, b) know what they are doing, and c) have a plan.

    If they are wrong, you can crow.

  3. TucsonSean

    It remains to be seen how far states swing on election day.  If Romney has the resources to expand the map this way, God Bless him and go for it.  Every campaign has states that are marginal but still targets, and you cannot win them unless you contest them.  I trust Romney to marshall his resources and use them effectively, and there is no evidence that he is neglecting Ohio.

  4. Jager

    Romney has the money, he should contest PA, MN, OH and WI. If nothing else make Obama waste time and money in these states. Obama is on defense in all these states, they all voted for him last year. 

  5. raycon and lindacon

    Pig Man  “If you win big, they can’t cheat.”  Hugh Hewitt

  6. Mr. Mike
    Pig Man: He should focus on OH, if the race comes down to a couple states OH will be one of them not PA. · 43 minutes ago

    Your concern is appreciated.

  7. ChrisC

    I agree that Romney should try to win big if that is a possible outcome.  There is a lot less of a chance that Democrats will try to “de-legitimize” his election if he has 300+ EV’s than if he has 271.

  8. ConservativeWanderer

    It’s a good business decision. If you have the money for the advertising, and think you might succeed in a given market, it’s a reasonable risk to run some ads.

  9. Pig Man

    I guess the thinking is that it will force Obama to divert some money toward PA. But if PA is close, the contest is over anyway.   I hope the O team doesn’t fall for that trap.

  10. David Williamson

    Mr Romney should try to win all 57 States.

  11. PTomanovich

     

    Pig Man: I hope the O team doesn’t fall for that trap. · 19 minutes ago

    Are you lost?  I’m not sure that you are on the site you think you are.

  12. DocJay

    Sun Tzu rules!

  13. TeeJaw

    The problem Republicans always have in Pennsylvania is with Philadelphia and its suburbs.  This ad will be effective in the rest of Pennsylvania though.

  14. Dave Roy

    Nothing wrong with spending the money if you have it. They are campaign contributions. Other than whatever money you might need for afterwards (I have no idea what the costs are like for closing down a campaign, for instance), why save any of it?

    It’s not like you can use it at a later date.

  15. Dave_L

    Driving around Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley (Eastern PA) the last two weeks, the Romney/Obama sign ratio has been at least 25:1. 

  16. Nick Stuart
    Pig Man: Romney has made a run in the last few days in PA but he is still behind in all the polls by 3-6% points.   I don’t know why his campaign is even bothering with PA.   If he wins or is close there, he will then have easily won OH and maybe WI so winning PA would be moot.  He should focus on OH, if the race comes down to a couple states OH will be one of them not PA. · 3 hours ago

    Checking his scheduled appearances, Romney is in saturation mode in Ohio. My hypothesis is he’s reached diminishing returns there, and since he has the money he’s reaching into other places.

  17. Indaba

    Superb advertising.  Romney guves the plan to encourage coal as well as other energy.

    Obama is clear too.

  18. Frozen Chosen

    The wife and I are hoping for a visit from Romney/Ryan here in Minnesota this week.  We would definitely attend!

  19. Palaeologus
    Frozen Chosen: The wife and I are hoping for a visit from Romney/Ryan here in Minnesota this week.  We would definitely attend! · 1 minute ago

    Hey Frozen, according to their campaign calendars on Politico, Ryan will be in Eau Claire tomorrow morning. If memory serves, that is maybe an hour & fifteen, hour-and-a-half from the Twins.

    I didn’t see anything in MN.

  20. Palaeologus
    DocJay: Sun Tzu rules! · 2 hours ago

    Exactly.

    Fight on their turf, if you can.