For starters, remind viewers why Obama himself said he’d be a one-term president.
Tonight, President Obama and Mitt Romney go “mano a mano” in the first of their three debates.
Fair or not, Romney is perceived as the underdog and some have argued that Romney must make his case in the first debate or it’s all over. While I believe that Romney has three bites at the apple, it is incumbent upon him to rise to the occasion against the incumbent.
So what must Romney do tonight and over the next several weeks to convince the American voter to unseat President Obama and elect him as the next President of the United States?
To begin with, Romney must plant the seeds of doubt on the Obama presidency and germinate them — fast.
It would be wise for Romney to draw attention to Obama’s unwillingness to accept responsibility for his actions. Romney must remind the nation that Obama proclaimed “a new era of responsibility” when he was sworn into office but has spent his term blaming ATMs, the Arab Spring, and tsunamis, amongst other things, for his shortcomings.
To pick up on this point, Obama recently told Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes, “As president I bear responsibility for everything — to some degree.” Romney could ask, “Could you imagine Harry Truman saying, “The buck stops here — to some degree? How far has the Democratic Party fallen?”
Romney should turn next to Obama’s incompetence in office. Let’s look at the deficit. Romney could say something along these lines:
President Obama, you pledged to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over the next ten years. Yet in the past four years your spending policies have led to an increase in the deficit of $5 trillion — and counting.
The deficit doesn’t matter to you. If it did, you would have been able to tell David Letterman how large the deficit is.
So why should the American people believe you will reduce the deficit by one penny in the next four years when you couldn’t reduce it by one penny in the past four years?
When the third debate turns to foreign policy, Romney could remind voters of Obama’s ineptness concerning the terrorist attack in Libya which claimed the lives of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans:
Why did your administration tell the American people that the attacks in Benghazi were a spontaneous reaction to that Internet video?
The American people knew from day one that it was no accident that this attack was carried out on September 11th.
So why did it take eight days for your administration to acknowledge what the American people knew from day one? This was a terrorist attack.
Osama bin Laden might be dead but al Qaeda is alive and raising their flag in place of ours.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?