You’d think by now the “2012 = 1980” meme would be sufficiently threadbare that nobody would bother to keep serving it up (I tried to administer definitive Last Rites back in May). But WaPo’s Greg Sargent reports the parallel remains madly popular in RomneyWorld, so Greg throws several shovels of dirt over it himself, and even gets Ed Rollins to call it ridiculous.

I keep wondering if the main purpose of endlessly predicting a big last-minute shift in Romney’s favor is to keep the right-wing dogs of war at bay. They are already prone to howling at the moon for a savage ideological campaign every time Mitt screws up or has a bad poll. Perhaps by keeping the rabbit of a late-developing landslide–not to mention the smiling image of St. Ronald–ever before them, Team Mitt can keep them running around the track and away from keyboards and cameras where they might otherwise be demanding more “vetting” of the president’s roots in the Mau Mau movement or a frontal assault on that damned wealth redistribution program called Social Security.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.