I wondered, and still do, if Obama’s first (very poor) debate performance was deliberate. Consider: Before that debate, Romney was coming off as a no-chance candidate. And there was a real likelihood of money being diverted from his campaign to focus on the House and Senate races instead. Obama could have been looking at the real possibility of winning a second term but facing a hostile Congress — like the one that has been roadblocking anything he proposes to fix the economy and then saying he isn’t doing anything.
Now, if that performance was strategic, it carried a risk. Obama may really have given Romney a chance. That’s not an encouraging thought. I like having a job and an income. Romney is known for giving out pink slips. Granted, I don’t work directly for the government. But a Romney administration would put people out of work across the nation. And it doesn’t matter whether you think Romney can handle the economy or not. That is a result he desires.
I have heard some people predicting a Romney landslide. That, of course, is preposterous. There are so many states that are rigidly for one party or the other, that neither candidate could hope to achieve a landslide. I will grant 350+ electoral votes as a landslide, in case anyone wants to assert that I am wrong. I’ve got a previous prediction sitting there that could turn out to be wrong. At the time, it was safe.