Are the attacks on Mitt Romney’s career in private equity at Bain Capital working? A few blue people (Democrats, not the savage Scots in “Braveheart”) are interpreting our recent Purple Strategies poll of 12 battleground states to make that case.

They are understandably eager for validation of their strategy: Since they began their assault on Romney’s private-sector experience, the race has tightened. One Democrat told the Huffington Post, “What are they suggesting, that Dems spend less time focusing on Mitt Romney’s failed record at Bain? Give me a break.”

Surveys, however, are like sheet music. Different folks can sit down at the piano and play the same notes vastly different ways, based on their experience, insight and abilities.

I’ll let my blue partners at Purple and others offer their interpretation, but here are a few ways to play this music from my red piano bench.

Continue reading →