For starters, remind viewers why Obama himself said he’d be a one-term president.
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If I am elected President, you won’t see me flying to Vegas for a fundraiser. Because when it comes to national security, the President can’t stay in Vegas.
Statements such as this would place President Obama on the defensive and put his thin-skinned disposition on full display. The American electorate has been willing to give Obama the benefit of the doubt because of his “likability.” But if Obama comes off as a thin-skinned dilettante against Romney, then he won’t be so likable.
I am not saying that Obama is a shrinking violet. On the contrary, he plays for keeps and has moved heaven and earth to make Romney unacceptable and will continue to do so during the debates. Obama will no doubt remind everyone that Romney is a multi-millionaire who paid only 14% in taxes on his earnings and will try his best to say he is George W. Bush’s long-lost cousin.
Of course, there are also Romney’s 47% comments. When Obama mentions 47% (and he most surely will), Romney should respond with a number of his own. In fact, he should respond with two numbers:
President Obama can say 47% until he is blue in the face. But let me give you two numbers — three and one. That would be three years and one term. Shortly after the President took office, he said, “If I don’t have this done in three years, there’s going to be a one-term proposition.”
Well, it’s now been nearly four years and what does President Obama have to show for it? He brought us a stimulus that didn’t stimulate anything, a $16 trillion deficit and climbing, an unemployment rate above 8% and economic growth rate of 1.3%.
President Obama can say he inherited a terrible economy all he wants. Former President Clinton can say that this was the best President Obama could do under the circumstances. Well, if this is the best that President Obama can do, then that’s not good enough. If President Obama were working for me and said to me that this was the best he could do, I would fire him on the spot. The American people deserve better than President Obama’s best.
The presidency is not an entitlement. A second term has to be earned. The American people hired President Obama to do a job and if he hasn’t done it by now then another four years isn’t going to change anything.
Now it can be argued that presidential debates seldom shape the outcome of the election. But surely Romney stands a better chance of making a favorable impression with the American public and winning the White House if he outperforms Obama in the debates. While it would be nice if Mitt Romney had a “there you go again” moment tonight, it isn’t absolutely necessary. If Romney can stay on the offensive, keep Obama off his game (and maybe even make him lose his cool) while at the same time come off as a reasonable, viable alternative in October, then he has a fighting chance in November.
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It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
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