Morning Briefing: October 8, 2012
by Jen Green
Romney’s post-debate bump
Scott Rasmussen’s Sunday poll was the friendliest to Mitt Rommey in a long time. Romney has 49% to Obama’s 47%. As Rasmussen’s daily article says, “Sunday’s update was the first based entirely upon interviews conducted after the first presidential debate last Wednesday night. . . it remains to be seen whether it is a temporary blip or signals a lasting change in the race.”
Rasmussen also reminds us that incumbent Presidents often have bad first debates, so these numbers are extremely soft. He is still down in Ohio, but he has gone up by one percent in Virginia and two in Florida.
This boost is despite Obama’s “miraculous” job numbers. Guess more than just Jack Welch think they’re a pile of poo.
Both sides trying to figure out what’s next
Post terrible debate, the Democrats are digging in their heels and getting back to the business of blaming Bush for the slowly-growing economy. Yes, they’re still at it. It seems their strategy for the next five weeks will be to continue to use that as their excuse while at the same time pointing out Romney’s lack of specifics.
With just five weeks left, they’re hoping there’s enough power in Obama’s “hope and change” dream that it can push the President over the finish line despite four or five dollar a gallon gasoline and (still) record high unemployment.
Republicans, on the other hand, are sticking with “it’s the economy, stupid” mantra.
Biden taking Thursday night seriously
Is it really possible to know what to expect out of Thursday night’s Vice-Presidential debate? We’ve seen so much of the “bad” Joe Biden on the campaign trail lately, it’s easy to think he’ll open his mouth to exchange feet a few times against the young, smart, well-spoken Paul Ryan. Except, he didn’t get where he is today by gaffe alone–and remember, he was able to do pretty well against Sarah Palin. Ok, maybe that’s not a good comparison, but don’t look for ol’ Joe to make it easy on Paul Ryan. And Ryan should be feeling the weight of expectations to continue the good streak for the Republicans.