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    Debating Lessons and Campaign Momentum

    I feel a bit of the pain that the Democrats felt after the first presidential debate. ” Why didn’t my guy talk about … ?”; “why didn’t he call the other guy out on his gross distortions ?”; “how did we ever agree to that moderator?” By chance I experienced the emotions first hand when I recently did a debate on NPR about the candidates’ economic | Read More »

    Obama’s “New Normal”

    With the debate-induced collapse of the “demonize Mitt Romney” strategy, Team Obama’s positioning is now “things are getting a little better and this is as good as anybody could do.” Lets take a look. Much of the media have supported the Obama contention that the Labor Department’s much-quoted 7.8% September unemployment number represents a significant breakthrough – never mind that it is based on a | Read More »

    It’s Romney’s to Win (It Really Is !)

    This was written Wednesday afternoon, but is doubly true after the first debate. Those of us who obsess over a second Obama presidency need to stop offering unsolicited advice to our chosen candidate and realize that this is not his first rodeo. It might be useful to instead reflect on the broader shape of the election and the advantages that Romney has. First, I will | Read More »

    Fair and Balanced Gaffes

    Definition of “gaffe” – when a politician tells the truth. Actually, there are several kinds of gaffes: 1. Joe Biden gaffes. Joe is a buffoon; everybody knows that Joe is a buffoon; he gets a pass. 2. Intentional gaffes – or at least ones where the gaffer knowingly applies over the top spin with the expectation that the media will give him / her a | Read More »

    Fair and Balanced Gaffes

    Definition of “gaffe” – when a politician tells the truth. Actually, there are several kinds of gaffes: 1. Joe Biden gaffes. Joe is a buffoon; everybody knows that Joe is a buffoon; he gets a pass. 2. Intentional gaffes – or at least ones where the gaffer knowingly applies over the top spin with the expectation that the media will give him / her a | Read More »

    Obama’s Foreign Policy Collapse

        Nothing is more central to the Obama foreign policy than his outreach to the Muslim world as reflected in his June 2009 Cairo speech. As is often the case, the speech was soaring. It reflected a great sensitivity to Muslim religion, culture, and history. It also leaned forward in criticizing the Bush policies – interrogation, Guantanamo, Iraq, Afghanistan. At various points it criticized Germany | Read More »

    The Critical Debates

    With the unexpected “Clinton Bounce” from the Democratic convention, the good news is that there is no Clinton on the ballot, the merits of the case against Obama have not changed (probably improved with the demonstrated failure of “leading from behind”), Romney and his PACs  have plenty of money, and the debates offer a real opportunity to make the case to a large audience. So, | Read More »

    (Democratic) Conventional Thinking

    If presidential elections were only about giving great speeches – and arguably 2008 was – President Obama would be in a lot better shape. To the uncritical neutral observer Michelle Obama was as great as Ann Romney as a witness for hubby’s “likeability”; San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro was as good as Marco Rubio in telling his family story; Bill Clinton burnished his credentials as | Read More »

    (Republican) Conventional Thinking

     So, was it an inflection point? The common political wisdom is that voters re-elect an incumbent without much thought if things are going OK, that folks will take a look at the alternative if the economy is awful, that the Obama campaign has made a large early effort to paint Mitt Romney as a heartless extremist, and at this point the race is a toss-up. | Read More »

    Focusing on Florida

    Presidential campaigns can be sliced by demographics, ideology, or geography. A big piece of the Obama campaign emphasizes demographics with the “Republican War on Women”, “Tax the Rich”,  and “African Americans for Obama”.  Both campaigns focus on the dozen or so swing states in their advertising buys. The Romney campaign – with less of a gender, income, age, or ethnicity slant – may be doing | Read More »