Governor Romney is tied with President Obama in the most recent and reliable national polls, an astonishing situation given that the former Massachusetts governor has just emerged from a bruising primary which most observers thought had wounded him much more than these polls show.
The reason for the dead heat is that the verdict is in on the president’s failure in most key issues that actually impact voters, as my Monday Washington Examiner column, “Messaging the 2102 Election,” argues. Romney will gladly spend all day talking about these issues. Obama has to invent new ones to divert and distract voters from those very issues that matter most to them.
The race will swing from week to week and month to month as the public reacts to new issues or one day wonders, but the political terrain is fixed and it will be very difficult for the president to regain lost confidence on matters of economics or with regard to national security.
And after you make that contribution, be sure to weigh in on the political edition of USC v. Ohio State, now entering the third quarter. The game was supposed to end on Monday, but a breakdown in the ability to contribute on Friday night requires the competition go through the end of Tuesday’s show so the Trojan faithful don’t complain. (As though that will stop them.)