Posted on | August 14, 2012 | 7 Comments
We have 84 days to go. Mataconis, emphasis mine:
As I noted on Sunday, it strikes me that Romney’s campaign will be making a serious error if they allow this election to be about anything other than the economy. If it’s about Medicare, for example, then the campaign runs about against the fact hat the public is not in favor of entitlement cuts in general, and that a majority of Americans have said that they oppose the Ryan Plan, and that they believed it would make them worse off. More importantly, there’s little evidence that the voters want the kind of “Big Picture” election that the talking heads now seem to be salivating over.
The five highlighted words are the key. Content is less important than control. For a glance at the trends, Romney has about as much grip on the tempo as ever. But InTrade, FWIW, doesn’t look so bad for BHO.
Addressing the last sentence, Mataconis hints at the chicken-egg problem of “Big Picture” elections: how do you get voters to consider a Big Picture question without first setting a Big Picture in front of them? Consider my Congresstool Jim Moran celebrating the birth of Social Security. The comments are a mixed bag. People trapped in a Ponzi scheme know it, like the smoker who wakes up hacking: dependency does not bring joy.
The Romney campaign is showing a steady competence. Capitalizing on the Obama campaign’s disarray over the Soptic ad by announcing Ryan for VP turned into a hefty payday, if $7.4 million means anything.
84 days is a good chunk of time, and the GOP loves to spike the ball on the 4 yard line. So this post is cautious in its general optimism. We have many more creepshow ads and non-economic distractions, domestic and international, to unfold before election day.
However, the disarray of the Obama campaign seems to be increasing, while Romney moves forward, at a medium pace. I, for one, like what I see.