We need to remember that more is on the table than Obama’s or Romney’s political career; those guys will be fine. It’s all about jobs, the economy, gas prices and the role of government.
The election is too close in more ways than one. The occupant of the White House could come down to 15,000 or 1,500 voters in a few states. The election could be won if that number of people took 15 minutes to early vote.
The future of the Democratic Party in the South is also in the balance. If this president isn’t enough for you, we should toss in the towel. After Clinton-Gore helped the nation so much, Gore’s election to the White House should have been easy but is it ever easy when dealing with some folks. The working people alone should be enough to win reelection for Obama but those same people (people who can freeze for three hours at a high school football game) can’t take half an hour to hit the polling place for president, other offices and ballot initiatives.
Moderates and centrists have no future home in a national party with the Tea Party but being a free agent is a possibility. We are too close to a presidential second term and those who remember the Clinton years know that that is when a president loosens up and starts swing for the fences—looking to make history. Obama’s first second term historical move should be to tell the people that they suck out loud. He should start with the Kennedy line about “what you can do for your country” then read them/us the riot act.
In the first debate, the president was being too cool. He had a vibe that said, “hey, I am not begging…I did what I could and if you are feeling it…nice…if not, peace.
Governor Romney isn’t the issue—he is a decent guy. Those around Romney should scare folks to the polls. I can imagine being ticked on Thanksgiving if we drop this election by a hair. We need to have the energy and zest of that guy in the “Too Close” video. “So I’ll be on my way.”