So at least one new poll shows that Mitt Romney would win the presidential election if it were being held today.  There is obvious frustration with the healthcare.gov mess, and rightly so.

I have a slightly different take.  I still wouldn’t vote for Mitt–I don’t like his policy positions any more now than I did back then–but couldn’t we put him to work helping with Obamacare?  After all, he was in charge of the same plan in Massachusetts.  He should be great at helping iron out the glitches.  And what is he doing with himself these days, anyway?  Earning more unnecessary billions?  Taking rides on his car elevator?

Okay, so the above proposal isn’t serious, and I realize it’s for the best that it won’t happen.  But it was so nice to imagine Mitt being useful to this country…for once.

This recent Pew Research poll tells us something interesting.  Not only does the majority of the American people support President Obama’s plan to raise the minimum wage to $9/hour–more Republicans support than oppose the measure.  The poll shows a sizable majority of 71% of Americans in favor of the plan, while Republicans are split with 50% supporting the measure and 47% against it.  (The only group which consistently opposes the plan are Tea Party followers, with 64% against it.  However, this poll seems to put the lie to the idea that Tea Party values are those of most Americans.)

So who else is against raising the minimum wage?  Republican lawmakers.  Republican lawmakers, as opposed to the Republican rank and file, which is much more divided on the issue.  And no wonder, since a lot of regular Republicans work regular jobs, in which they are dependent on a decent wage.  The lawmakers are much more concerned about the well-being of their business owner friends and how this measure might affect them.  As usual, the Republican leadership doesn’t necessarily represent the interests of the people voting for them–and the people who continue to vote for them do so at their own risk.

Oh dear.  I am starting to feel way too giddy and optimistic about the election.  I seriously need to calm myself down, or for someone to talk me back up onto the ledge, so to speak.  Yes, Mitt’s campaign is a mess right now.  Yeah, Barack is leading in the polls.  But so much could still happen between now and November.  It’s like I’m already excited about Santa, but Halloween could still be really horrible this year.

It’s difficult not to be optimistic when you look at what Mitt is doing.  He seems as uninspiring as John Kerry was back in 2004.  I would suggest a celebrity spokesperson, but we all know how the Clint Eastwood thing turned out.   But real problems could still arise.  My lovely home continent of Europe could do me the disfavor of imploding completely and dragging the world economy back down into the hole with it.  A war or a terrorist attack could happen.

So that dance of joy I’m doing in my bedroom, I need to STOP IT.  I need to SIT DOWN.  Then I need to remember to contribute to the Obama campaign again, and of course to vote.  Hopefully our optimism will be justified, but we can’t have the victory party yet.  (Although I’m sort of buying the party hats already.)