Morning Briefing: October 15, 2012
by Jen Green
Obama Promises to Step it Up a Notch
On Tuesday, we’ll see what round three looks like. Debate round one had Obama looking like he would have rather been having a root canal than on that stage with Romney, and round two had Biden the belligerent and the debate moderator taking on Paul Ryan. So now, after his extremely lackluster first performance, President Obama is promising to be more “aggressive” this time around.
Right after the first debate, he refused to apologize for his performance at a Hollywood fundraiser, explaining he couldn’t be “on” all the time. But now he’s flip-flopped on that statement, admitting through Robert Gibbs on the Sunday shows that “Obviously, the president was disappointed in his own performance. He didn’t meet his expectations.”
Of course, he can’t defend his abysmal record, so he’s going to have to ask for more time from the American people and promise to “build an economy around a growing, thriving middle class.” That is, of course, if he can find us now that his policies have buried us so deeply these past four years.
He’ll Need to–Romney is Up in the Swing States
It doesn’t seem as though there was much of a post-Biden/Ryan debate bump for either candidate, not that anyone really expected there to be one. Ryan’s solid, if overly gentlemanly performance certainly didn’t hurt Romney who Scott Rasmussen has up by two points in his latest swing state polls.
Of the 44 percent who now say they are “certain” they will vote for Romney, many cite his first debate performance as one of the reasons. Only 41 percent say they are “certain” they will support Obama. So, a lot is riding on Tuesday, especially for those viewing in the swing states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Arlen Specter Leaves a Dubious Legacy
Former Democrat turned Republican turned back to Democrat U.S. Senator Arlen Specter from Pennsylvania died yesterday at the age of 82. After 30 years, Specter left quite a legacy as one would expect, but for a man who spent most of his career as a Republican, it is a dubious one.
Specter was the ringleader in “Borking” Judge Robert Bork and keeping him off the Supreme Court, yet years later, he led the charge to defend Clarence Thomas from a similar fate. He was the champion of the “single bullet theory” on the Warren Commission investigation into JFK’s assassination. He defeated “HilaryCare” but voted for Obama’s “stimulus.” He called religious conservatives the “fringe,” but managed to convince one of the most famous of them–fellow Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum–to endorse him over Pat Toomey in exchange for his vote for “good, conservative” justices. We got John Roberts outta that . . . and ObamaCare.