While a sitting President of the United States diminishes himself with the small silly closing argument of a loser more interested in binders, Big Bird, birth control, and “bullshitter” as opposed to exploding gas prices and increased poverty — today in the swing state of Iowa, Governor Mitt Romney will make a major economic address as his campaign further expands the electoral battlefield into Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota.
According to The New York Times, Romney’s speech today, coming just eleven days before the election, will be a closing economic argument framing the race in a theme he’s been hitting hard on the campaign trail — as a “big choice.” With most polls showing him leading on the number-one issue of the economy and the President offering little more than “my ideas may not have worked for four years but just give them more time” — it’s more like an “easy choice.”
Undoubtedly, Romney will hit on the slow, easy pitch just delivered to him today by the failed Obama economy. After four years in office, the best this president could muster was 2.0% growth rate during the second quarter of this year, (which will probably be revised down to 1.2% eventually). The CorruptMedia is already spinning the number as “better than expected,” but that’s because they’ve graded this failed president on a hearty curve since his arrival on the national scene in 2004.
The Romney campaign hasn’t said much about what details to expect in today’s speech, but at this point details hardly matter. What today’s speech will most certainly do is provide an even starker contrast between America’s choice for its next president. For yet another news cycle, Romney will look serious and ready to lead as clips of Obama on Jay Leno and his “sex” ad define his visionless vision for a second-term.
Meanwhile, out in the real world, as the CorruptMedia hangs its hat on Romney winning the popular vote but still losing — you know, because Ohio — Romney is making serious enough moves to expand the electoral battlefield that the Obama campaign is legitimately spooked. There are reports Obama will visit Wisconsin (a state he won by 14 points in ’08) next week, Springsteen’s headed to Pennsylvania (a state Obama won by 10 points), and Romney will have ads up in Minnesota over the weekend.
Because the moves in PA and WI are defensive on Obama’s part, no one can declare Romney eyeing those states as a campaign ploy designed to make him look like a winner. As far as Minnesota, even if Romney’s bluffing, there’s no question he has enough money and momentum to make that kind of bluff. Right now Obama’s in such a scramble, he can’t even pretend North Carolina’s in play.
Our economy is growing at a slower rate than it did last year, a sitting president is still frantically attempting to secure his base through name-calling and sex, and all this while his challenger shows his presidential mettle with a serious campaign about serious issues that’s expanding its message, crowd-size, and electoral math.
This race is still too close to call and you can bet the farm the CorruptMedia still has a few kitchen sinks to throw, but the best way to judge the state of a race is through the behavior of the candidates. And right now, Obama looks like John McCain in 2008 and Romney? — well, he looks like Obama in 2008.
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