“It’s a tie game, and there’s a loose ball,” Neil Newhouse, a Mitt Romney campaign pollster, told the New York Times this weekend.

If that’s the case, President Obama could simply send the Chicago Bears defense to Ohio to grab the ball and run it in for the winning TD.

But Newhouse’s assessment is wishful thinking on his part—or, more likely, his attempt to persuade Romney supporters that things look better than they do, lest they give up and stay home. Newhouse is the guy who said, after certain Romney ads attacking Obama were proven bogus, “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.”