Really looking forward to the debate tonight. My hope is that Romney ties Obama’s policies to the current economic malaise, ie; the failed stimulus, the denial of the keystone pipeline, the lack of domestic energy exploration and development as they relate to the high gas prices which hurt the lower and middle classes, the rising insurance premiums due to Obamacare, the continued high unemployment due to any real effort spent on regulatory reform or negotiating trade agreements, the increased tensions in the Middle East and murder of our Libyan Ambassador due to misguided and weak foreign policy, etc. etc.
In addition to that, I want Romney to lay out his vision of opportunity and growth, where we tap into our domestic energy reserves, lower corporate tax rates, encourage expansion, create well paying jobs for everyone, broaden the tax base, lower personal tax rates so more people can keep more of their own money, and create an economy where everyone becomes a victor, and not victims. Should be a fun night.
UPDATE, by Mark Noonan: Excellent article about recent polling done in the “battleground” States. Essentially it confirms what I already know: it is Obama who is behind and has to land a knock-out punch tonight.
UPDATE II, by Mark Noonan: Final Thoughts
Clearly Romney was in control through the whole debate. You might be thinking that Romney actually talked more than Obama but from what I’ve read, Obama actually talked about 4 minutes longer than Romney. That just shows how good Romney was.
Will it change things? Not actually – you see, in my view, Romney came in to the debate ahead in the race. Even some of the (still badly skewed) polls are showing a shift to Romney, but the basic facts of the race have not changed. We’ve got a lousy economy, a reduced position in the world and a President clearly out of his depth – and there is no real argument Obama can make to convince a majority to award him four more years based upon his record. Obama had to come out swinging tonight with a clear, rational reason why no matter how bad he is, Romney is worse. Obama didn’t make that case – and Romney did all that was ever required of him: present a credible alternative to Obama.
Romney can still blow it in the final debates. Obama can still land a heavy blow. Events can still develope which help or hinder either candidate. Both men can win on November 6th. My view remains: Romney is likely to win, and may end up winning by a substantial margin. But it ain’t over until its over.