Here is video from “The Five” yesterday, where Democrat Strategist Bob Beckel said flatly that if the Gallup Daily Tracking Poll’s numbers are accurate, giving Mitt Romney a 52%-45% lead as of yesterday, “It’s over. It’s. over.” Beckel went on to say if those numbers are correct, there is no way that Mitt Romney, as a “challenger candidate,” is going to come back down under 50%. Bob Beckel has been active in Democratic Politics for decades, and actually ran Walter Mondale’s 1984 Campaign, in which Mondale lost 49 states to President Ronald Reagan.
Now Beckel did make it clear he’s not sure the numbers are accurate. I must agree with him there. I would not be at all surprised for that lead to get smaller over the weekend. Democrats often poll much better on weekends, and other tracking polls have the race much closer (Rasmussen is at Romney +2). This time next week will tell us a lot more. If Romney is still above 50% a week from now, then Beckel’s “it’s over” statement may apply. We’ll see.
Poor Bob Beckel. He really did not seem to know he was on the air. But this is a good example of why it’s just better not to talk like that anytime – especially where cameras and microphones are present!