One of the things I hope I provide here is an occasional step back from the daily hysteria often created by our media about politics to look at the big picture. That's not only something my brain seems hard-wired to do naturally, I think it also helps us avoid the emotional roller-coasters created by the hysteria and hopefully allows us to see President Obama's long game.
From that perspective what we see is that the Obama campaign continues to control the narrative in this election. Romney has consistently been caught flat-footed in responding to President Obama's lead. We've seen this when it comes to issues like women's reproductive health, the Buffett Rule, student loan interest, defeating al Qaeda, and now marriage equality. On that last one, most of the media noticed that Romney's response has been half-hearted and often contradictory...so has the religious right.
Beyond the issues, we've seen Romney have to concede that he's not as "likable" as President Obama, follow him around trying to disrupt events, and lie about crowd sizes. The latest challenge for his campaign has been to try to discredit the fact that he was a bully in high school.
When Romney finished up with the Republican nominating process, what he'd hoped to do was etch-a-sketch his way into making this election into a referendum on President Obama's handling of the economy. To date his campaign has been a total failure at pulling that off.
Its true that this is the area where President Obama gets his weakest support. But to capitalize on that, Romney has to make the case for abject failure in this department. He can't do that. The American public still remembers on who's watch the economy crashed. And while low-information voters might not be as aware as you and I that what has happened since then is total Republican obstruction of most of the measures President Obama has tried to implement to improve things, I'm not sure they're ready to give a vulture capitalist a shot at it. If so, the Obama campaign has a message for them.
So far I'd suggest that Mitt Romney hasn't done much to show the American public that he can be a leader. What he's shown is that he can throw dirt and hope something sticks. When it comes to the economy, people want answers - not mud. And since the Republican Party of today has none of those, they've got nothin' but an empty suit. I don't think that's going to cut it.