For at least 47% of Americans, Obama’s falling behind Romney may result in their losing ‘hope.’ ‘Hope’ may not be a strategy, though it is a compelling behavioral quality that gives people the ‘will’ to persevere and to be resilient. Take away hope and then try to improve the economy when global pressures remain negative and you may well create depression. That is what is at stake in Election 2012.
It could be that Mitt Romney has equal to and marginally better management skills than Obama. Romney’s having invented Obamacare indicates that he can have an innovative moment too. Those two things provide a glimmer of hope with caveats.
You see the troubling aspect is that Mitt Romney has a split personality that is easily influenced by the company that he keeps. When he is with like-minded conservatives, he will say that he has written off 47% of Americans. When he is with ‘Big Oil’ and ‘Coal,” he says that he likes them too.
Does he say that he is for a sustainable economy, one that preserves the planet for future generations? Does he say that he is for a ‘good life’ for all Americans? Is he for equality that includes economic equality?
One discovery from Romney’s talking foreign policy this week is that his approach is much the same as Obama’s except his rhetoric is more aggressive. What has America learned from cowboy-style rhetoric in the past?
Gorbachev took down the wall. That was a good thing. Bush one almost took down Iraq and Bush two finished it off, which had mixed results.
America needs a president who can engage Wall Street capitalists and lead them to being more socially responsible. Can Mitt do that, or will be persuaded to be more like-minded?
Hope hangs in the balance.
“Wonkbook’s number of the day: 0.7%. That’s the lead Romney has over President Obama in national polls according to RealClearPolitics’rolling average of data as of Wednesday morning. It is the first time Romney has led in the RCP average since the start of the general election. (During the nomination process, Romney briefly held a lead over Obama a full year ago.)
As recently as last week, Obama had maintained a sizable lead over Romney of approximately 4 percentage points. But after a strong debate performance in Denver, Romney has had the wind at his back in national polls, which have swung 4.8 percentage points on net in the last seven days alone.
The change in fortune has been mainly Romney gains as compared to voters walking away from Obama. Romney has seen his poll numbers rise from roughly 45 percent of likely voters before the debate to 48 percent; Obama has seen his support retreat from 49 percent to 47.3 percent.
Today, Wonkbook has much more on Romney’s newfound lead in the polls and how it is affecting the race for the presidency.”