In the legacy media as well as the blogosphere, there has been much speculation that President Obama will go hard on Mitt Romney in tonight’s debate. The incumbent, as I reported yesterday, has said he failed to aggressively challenge the challenger in the first debate.
Should he attack Romney tonight, Obama would surely rally his somewhat dispirited base, but could risk alienating independents only lightly attached to his campaign or as yet undecided. Not just that. Should he focus his fire on his Republican rival, he may find himself tomorrow exactly where the media put Romney last month, attempting to make the election a referendum on his opponent without offering a plan of his own.
We are three weeks away from Election Day, and even Obama’s supporters (as Tomasky is) don’t have a clear idea of why Obama wants a second term, or what he wants to accomplish. So far, the Obama campaign seems to be taking its messaging from Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, who famously told Paul Ryan that “we don’t have a plan – all we know is that we don’t like yours.”
Read the whole thing, especially Ed’s doubts that that the debate will be game-changer.
Given that, as per this HotAir Headline, “Romney’s net favorables now higher than Obama’s in poll of polls“, Obama would be wise tonight to focus on promoting his agenda rather than attacking his opponent.