Promoted like a monster truck rally, the stakes in tonight’s debate are said to be ginormous. Certainly the media would like there to be a story, better yet a horse race. I personally find it drab and unexciting (If they were actual debates with points and fact checking, that would be different). Nevertheless, willpower and time permitting, I will be here liveblogging Mitt Romney’s Festival of Lies:
Politico— In the two battleground states, Obama and Romney are statistically tied, according to a NBC-Wall Street Journal-Marist poll of likely voters. “If Romney rocks, he will put concerns about message and his campaign team to rest for few days — and put tougher attention back on Obama,” Allen wrote.The poll has Obama at 49 percent and Romney at 46 percent nationally, and it shows an 8-point lead Obama in Ohio, 51-43, according to Playbook.
Friends from the GOP dark side tell me they are geared up to seize on any of a dozen zingers Mittens has rehearsed, declaring him the winner and the game officially changed.
I don’t think tonight matters as much as the media and wishful thinkers on the right hopes it does. This goose is cooked, voter opinions have hardened, and I’m told from multiple foot soldiers that the Obama campaign has already shifted to a well-organized, well-funded ground game in the battleground states. Especially Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Colorado, without which Romney cannot win. I think ground game is going to be it going forward, and all the zingers and tradmed back stopping in the world isn’t going to change that at this point.