Sound and fury: Presidential debate tonight

ORLANDO -- Recent polls indicate an increasingly tight race between President Barack H. Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. That is to say, after a week of media hyperbole pontificating President Obama had locked up re-election, was in fact, pulling away from the Bain Capital Dragon, new polls suggest a different reality.

In Denver, both candidates will glissade out from their respective corners; out from their handlers, debate tutelage, and go one-on-on for an hour and half. And within our nation’s tempest of high political theater, the modus operandi for both President Obama and Mitt Romney remains unchanged.

President Obama must keep his composure, illustrating candidate Romney is unsuited and too detached for high office during tabescent times. President Obama must connect, ignoring the free fall of economic degradation, instead, tying Romney’s agitprop to George W. Bush.

Obama must warn against Romney, as a man stuck in the past with policies already tried. Conversely, Romney must be serenely presidential — attaching the woe and condemnation of economic laggard at the foot of Obama policies.

Obama must warn against Romney, as a man stuck in the past with policies already tried. Conversely, Romney must be serenely presidential — attaching the woe and condemnation of economic laggard at the foot of Obama policies.

Secondly, Romney must illustrate Obama’s policies directly affect the common person, middle-class voters who lay exposed and under economic siege.

Likewise, Romney must become a man of tomorrow, tonight — a better tomorrow, a tomorrow of beginnings, not ends. As Nov. 6 approaches, there is an air of damnation to our times.

The presentiment of our republic’s fortunes weighs heavily on voters minds. Obama is polling below former president George W. Bush’s re-election numbers, and recent foreign policy missteps overseen by the Obama administration have burdened the president’s approval rating, dropping below the magic number of 50%. Still, voters appear hesitant toward Mitt Romney.

Rmney's campaign, while better run than pundits lament, has been inconsistent and thus far unable to lay a case to the middle-class a prosperous future demands the replacement of the incumbent president.

In large ways, Romney walks onto tonight’s stage in Denver in the same position as Gov. Ronald Reagan did in October of 1980 against President Jimmy Carter. Carter, led, by a pinch in the polls. Voters were unhappy with his performance. They stressed over cost of living and economic stagflation.

Until the debate, Reagan had failed to tie Carter directly to the president’s dismal handling of the economy. Likewise, Reagan, too, like Romney now, was bedraggled out of the gate after the Republican Nation Convention.

But when Reagan faced Carter — becoming the president in the eyes of voters, a candidate not to be feared, not an old cocker with his finger on the button, Carter’s presidency drained like flour out of a shoot.

Romney faces such an electoral paradigm. Obama has failed — economics prove it. The question, then, will voters look upon Romney as a legitimate replacement? Can the Bain Capital ‘Richie Rich’ — supposedly detached, politically viscid — reach, and convince, the portion of the civitas that elects the nation’s president? Tonight matters!

Romney faces such an electoral paradigm. Obama has failed — economics prove it. The question, then, will voters look upon Romney as a legitimate replacement? Can the Bain Capital ‘Richie Rich’ — supposedly detached, politically viscid — reach, and convince, the portion of the civitas that elects the nation’s president? Tonight matters!

In Denver, the beginning of such answers lingers. And will, perhaps, better illumine the shape and heft approaching the nation’s destiny Nov. 6.

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