Carol: Will “Aggression” Help?
The New York Post is reporting that President Obama intends to be more “aggressive” in his Tuesday night debate with Mitt Romney.
I’m not sure that “aggression” is going to help. Joe Biden can come to a debate and behave like a bizarre great-uncle who’s been a bit too much into the schnapps at Thanksgiving dinner. He’s always been a bit of a laughingstock — and he’s only the veep.
President Obama is not only the president . . . he’s the president who came to The White House promising to “change the tone” of our political debate. So when he goes all mad dog on Mitt Romney, he’s going to do more to degrade his own brand than he is going to damage Romney. (And women — a demographic he needs to win by a large margin — hate that kind of macho chest-pounding, anyway).
The real heart of the problem? Obama’s record. It stinks. He can bring up Bain Capital, he can try to paint Romney as a felon and a murderer and all the rest. In the end, Romney can ask why he’s doing all of that instead of touting his own accomplishments. And Obama really has no answer. All he’s got are broken promises.
In the end, as one wag said, Obama’s problem isn’t that he had a bad debate. His problem is that he — and America — have had a bad, bad four years.