22 October, 2012
Last dance for Obama and Romney
Tonight the candidates conduct their third and final debate.
At the Al Smith Dinner the other night, POTUS offered a spoiler: "We got bin Laden." The trouble is, as a Washington Examiner editorial puts it, "Killing bin Laden is not a foreign policy." And if a guy gets a Nobel Peace Prize, shouldn't it be for something more substantial than not being George W. Bush?
The debate comes on a day on which Romney continues to hold a six-point lead in the Gallup tracking poll, an 0.8% lead both in the race and on favorability in the RCP average, and a 49%-47% lead in the Rasmussen tracking poll.
Obama enjoys an essentially undeserved reputation for competence in the field of foreign policy. Tonight, expect Romney to stress that diplomacy consists of more than abasing oneself in the presence of foreign leaders.
And oh, yes. You will hear about Benghazi. A lot.
A great deal rides on this debate. This is Romney's chance to close the deal and convince voters that he's competent in the world of foreign affairs despite a lack of experience. And Obama isn't going to be able to rest on the benefit of the very questionable doubt which seems to be pretty much the only basis on which the voters credit him with competence.
He's going to have to point to more than getting bin Laden, disrespecting our allies, and apologizing for America.
HT: Real Clear Politics