Douthat wishes Romney's campaign were bolder:
Romney may be able to win [working class white] voters by playing it safe and hoping the economy has done his work for him. But sometimes the best way to win a bloc of voters is to actually try to win them. In this case, that would probably mean offering a policy agenda more attuned to the ways in which recent Republican economic policy hasn’t always delivered for middle-income voters – a health care agenda that promises more to the uninsured, say, or a tax agenda that’s more family-friendly than the current Romney proposals.
Nate Cohn likewise takes a look at the working-class white vote and finds "evidence that most of Obama's losses among working class whites have come outside of the South, where Obama has further to fall."