In this piece at the right-wing Washington Examiner, Barone succeeds in demolishing whatever credibility as an analyst he might still have.
North Carolina (15 electoral votes). Obama has abandoned this target. Romney.Umm, no. Obama still on the air, and Michelle in Charlotte tomorrow, and some interesting implications from the advantage in the ground game.
One more snip:
Ohio (18). The anti-Romney auto bailout ads have Obama running well enough among blue-collar voters for him to lead most polls. But many polls anticipate a more Democratic electorate than in 2008. Early voting tells another story, and so does the registration decline in Cleveland's Cuyahoga County. In 2004, intensity among rural, small -town and evangelical voters, undetected by political reporters who don't mix in such circles, produced a narrow Bush victory. I see that happening again. Romney.Barone also calls the following states for Romney: FL, VA, CO, IA, MN, NH, and then admittedly going out on a limb PA and WI.
Even at the best Karl Rove was only predicting 279 EVS for Romney, from which he has now backed off.
As I said, I have a good laugh.