If a pundit or politician was to say "the election is already over" today, less than two months before Election Day, you would assume the individual would predict a Barack Obama re-election.
After all, Obama has a firm 8 percent national lead, key states seem to be falling his way and, most importantly, Mitt Romney's campaign has been mired in gaffedom ever since the Republican National Convention closed up shop in Tampa.
Not Rand Paul.
The son of libertarian icon Ron Paul says that "the election is over," but he believes Romney has it all wrapped up.
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Speaking on Hugh Hewitt's radio show on Wednesday, the Republican senator said, “You know, I think — I’m in the minority here, but I think the election is over,” said Paul. “I think that Romney has already won. The people really are tired of the debt. They’re tired of irresponsible leadership. I think they’re tired of having 23 million people out of work. So, I think you’ll find — and this is my prediction, and of course, I could be wrong. I am fallible.”
Paul could be right, but his prediction is counter to what many critics are saying.
For instance, after Romney's now-infamous "47 percent" speech surfaced this week, Bloomberg's Josh Barro had this to say:
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On the tape, Romney explains that his electoral strategy involves writing off nearly half the country as unmovable Obama voters. As Romney explains, 47 percent of Americans "believe that they are victims." He laments: "I'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."
So what's the upshot? "My job is not to worry about those people," he says...
This is an utter disaster for Romney.