Obama needs Colorado more than in ’08. But what a difference a failed presidency makes. Even the Old Gray Lady and the geriatric stiffs at CBS (Bob Shieffer) must admit that Romney leads Obama 50% to 45% in Colorado. That’s because …

HA! Those geezers commissioned the poll from Quinniapac. Yup. That poll is officially named the “Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News Swing State Poll.”

It’s so sweet. Kinda like prunes.

But, quick, before Shieffer gets the trots and the Ol’ Gray Lady buries the headline — oops, she already did! (see image below, right) — let me share with you the complete poll results for three swing states:

Matching Obama against Romney in each of these key states shows:

  • Colorado: Romney at 50 percent to Obama’s 45 percent;
  • Virginia: Obama at 49 percent to Romney’s 45 percent;
  • Wisconsin: Obama edges Romney 51 – 45 percent.

YOUR MISSION is to find the headline pertaining to the Quinniapac poll commissioned by The New York Times and CBS News.
So, what’s up with these states? Well, the gray lady has the answer. IT’S YOU WHITE PEOPLE’S FAULT! AND YOU WHITE WOMEN’S FAULT!!! From the top of the NYTimes story:

For all of the Democratic attacks painting Mitt Romney as an out-of-touch elitist who will help the rich at the expense of the middle class, he is maintaining the traditional — and sizable — Republican advantage among a politically vital constituency, white working-class voters in the states most likely to decide the presidential election.

And despite Republican efforts to use the weak economy to drive a wedge between President Obama and women on Election Day, the president is holding on to their crucial support in most battleground states.

Those findings, contained in the latest batch of Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News swing state polls, highlight the stubborn divisions of this year’s presidential race among two of the most important voting groups in the most hotly contested states.

But they also help explain the intense efforts of the two campaigns to alter the balance in both groups, which together will go a long way toward determining the outcome.

Mr. Obama’s goal is to keep Mr. Romney from running up huge margins among white working-class voters — defined as those without college degrees and with household incomes of $30,000 to $100,000 [AKA DUMB REDNECKS] — who could give him the edge. …

But, hey. Quinniapac has a more balanced view of these voters:

“Voters in Virginia and Wisconsin see the two candidates as roughly even on the question of who can best fix the economy, but Romney is ahead 10 points in Colorado. There is a difference in how voters think the election returns will affect their wallets. In Colorado and Wisconsin, more voters think Gov. Mitt Romney’s policies rather than President Barack Obama’s policies will help them personally. At the same time, more voters in each state think Obama’s policies will hurt them more than Romney’s policies.

I encourage you to scan all of the Quinniapac analyses here: “August 8, 2012 – Wisconsin, Virginia, Colorado White House Races Close, Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News Swing State Poll Finds.”

The New York Times thinks that these voters are stubborn. But what’s really stubborn are the facts.

Now, it’s your turn. And I know you don’t need prunes to get goin’.