During her appearance on this morning’s Fox & Friends, Ann Coulter was gushing about Mitt Romney’s performance. Near the end of the interview, Gretchen Carlson asked Ms. Coulter if the debate “would move the polls.” Ms. Coulter replied “Yes, well part of this will be for the media to explain why they’ve been lying about the polls. I think that’s why even they’re admitting that Romney killed last night. But I think this was so spectacular that this is landslide material that might even carry Todd Akin to victory.”
The Democrats’ meme last night was that Mitt had a good night but that the question was whether his performance would move the polls. That’s the wrong question. It isn’t a matter of whether Mitt’s performance will move the polls. The question is how much Mitt’s performance will change the polls.
Today, however, the Democrats’ strategy changed dramatically:
“When I got onto the stage I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney,” Obama told a crowd of some 12,000 the morning after the contest. “But it couldn’t have been Mitt Romney because the real Mitt Romney has been running around the country the last year promising 5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. The fellow on stage said he didn’t know anything about that.”
That’s far from the truth. Mitt’s tax plan hasn’t changed since he published his 59-point, 160-page plan. He still wants to cut the corporate tax rate from 35% to 25%.
The $5,000,000,000,000 tax cut for millionaires and billionaires is pure myth. Last night, Mitt Romney explained himself clearly and repeatedly. He didn’t stutter. He didn’t hesitate. He told the nation the rationale behind his tax reform initiative.
Now that President Obama isn’t standing next to Mitt Romney, he’s back telling the same whoppers that he’s told people in ads since it became clear that Mitt Romney would become the GOP presidential nominee.
That tactic has failed before. Last night’s performance by Mitt Romney was outstanding. It contained huge amounts of statistics that backed up Gov. Romney’s statements, too.
President Obama’s problem is that Gov. Romney came across as totally credible. President Obama’s biggest problem, though, is that President Obama looked like a junior-executive-in-training while Mitt Romney looked like an experienced CEO of a major corporation.
President Obama’s storyline faces an uphill fight because his credibility took a major hit last night. What’s worse is that Mitt’s credibility got a big boost.
The momentum clearly swung last night into the Romney campaign’s side. President Obama knows that they have to stop that momentum swing. Without there being a debate to change the dynamics of the race, Team Obama had to think of something else to change the trajectory of the race.