In the final days of the campaign Mitt Romney is returning to his basic message: President Obama doesn’t have a clue how to fix the economy but he does. The latest ad was a predictable result from Obama’s inane suggestion that he appoint a secretary of business:

It is in unguarded moments (e.g. secretary of business, entrepreneurs-think-they’re-so-smart ad libs) that Obama confirms the conservative portrayal that he is at heart simply a liberal statist who thinks the federal government is the answer to all problems.

Romney seems to be making some headway with that argument. The Associated Press-Gfk poll ( in which Romney leads nationally 47-45 percent) reports, “Almost half of likely voters, 47 percent, think the Republican challenger would be better at ending the logjam, compared with 37 percent for Obama.” If that message resonates in key battleground states, Romney will win the election, having demolished the caricature that he is, as former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour memorably put it, “a plutocrat married to a well-known equestrian.”