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Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 09/17/2012

Romney supporters: Don’t panic!

The stories that are circulating about infighting within the Romney campaign appear to be sooner and worse than usual for a couple of reasons. 

First, Mitt Romney doesn’t have a large, loyal core within the Republican Party. Deservedly, he is admired, but he doesn’t have many true believers. Many of the people who are for Romney support him because they are against President Obama. Much of the party shares a common goal with Romney, rather than an emotional common bond. 

Second, Romney doesn’t have much of a following in Washington. And the nation’s capital has a critical mass of “experts,” who are vocal, confident and ignorant and who react to every day’s news cycle.

If Romney has a flat couple of days or a bad poll, the anti-Obama forces get worried and the Washington talkers want to explain why it’s happening, all on a real-time basis.  This means Romney has very little room for error. Any mistake frightens many of his voters who believe the election might be slipping away and handed to Obama. This is silly. 

It’s way too early to panic — and I’m a person who believes in the power of an occasional panic.  In the Bush 41 White House, there was nothing the president hated worse than a panicker. But a panicker was defined as anyone who wanted to do anything to extricate the president from whatever pounding he may be taking at the time.  I was often labeled a panicker.

By any historical measure, the Romney campaign is in pretty good shape. Romney is no more than two to four points down, he’s about even with money, and there is no way Obama’s voters have the same enthusiasm as those who want to remove him from office.

I am credible as a panicker. This Insider will tell readers when it’s time to panic.

By  |  03:21 PM ET, 09/17/2012

 
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