“..In every way that they can control the Obama people have simply been smarter.
Take those conventions: in each of them, the presidential candidate was introduced by a well-known figure who went on stage and ad-libbed.
One was an 82-year-old guy talking to an empty chair (and I still thought he was the best thing the Republicans had to offer – including his shout-out about withdrawing all our troops from Afghanistan) -
- and the other was… well – Bill Clinton.
It wasn’t even a contest.
As for the upcoming debates – if you think Romney can outduel Obama without wandering in among the thorns I have a Nigerian prince I’d like to introduce you to.
In other words, it should really all be over except for the usual shouting and the gazillions of dollars of attack ads that will turn swing-state TV screens into a mind-numbing blur of lies.
Even there, however, some Super PAC and dark-money types may evidently be starting to consider shifting funds from beating up on Obama – to beating up on Democratic senatorial candidates.
It’s a sign that the moneybags of the Republican right fear the Romney campaign is a rerun of McCain World -
- and the candidate is a Bain Capital version of John Kerry wind-surfing.
After all, Romney seems almost incapable of opening his mouth without letting out a howler – his staff is in a state of civil war – and Republican candidates elsewhere are leaping from the ditched bandwagon – as are even conservative pundits.
By now, Obama and his savvy campaign staff should really be home free – having run political circles around their Republican opponent as he was running circles around himself.
There’s only one problem: the world.
These days it’s threatening to be a bizarrely uncooperative place for a president who wants to rest on his Osama-killing foreign-policy laurels..”
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