RNC Chair Reince Priebus on Fox News yesterday:
The fact is that it’s not a question of can Mitt Romney win, the question is — the statement is Mitt Romney has to win for the sake of the very idea of America. Mitt Romney has to win for liberty and freedom.
And we have to put an end to this Barack Obama presidency before it puts an end to our way of life in America.
Those are not the words of a man who is confident of victory. Those are the words of a man who can’t say “Holy shit, our campaign is circling the drain” on network television.
Trying to scare the bejesus out of voters with threats of doom and destruction is the last act of a desperate campaign. Usually this kind of panic sets in about the end of October when the polls show you 20 points down in every state including the candidate’s home state. That it’s showing up in July, almost two months before the convention, tells me that these folks are already trying to figure out ways to get to the lifeboats so that when the 2016 campaign comes around, they’ll be able to find work with the next guy.