Since the final debate on Monday will primarily concern foreign policy, Romney may be limited to making the two points just noted in his final statement. That’s not the case with the third item he needs to mention.
At a campaign even in Iowa on Wednesday, Obama gave Romney an opening to make that third point when he bogusly attempted to ridicule his challenger for not adequately explaining his economic plan:
Usually when a politician tells you he’s going to wait until after the election to explain a plan to you, they don’t have a pleasant surprise in store for you.
That statement presents the perfect opportunity for Romney to let Americans know what Obama, when he thought he couldn’t be heard, told Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev in March about his ability to accommodate Russian demands that we weaken our missile defenses:
After my election I have more flexibility.
Romney should bring up the exchange and tell America, “When a president of the United States tells a foreign leader whose country is not on fully friendly terms with us that he will ‘have more flexibility’ after ‘my election,’ he doesn’t have a pleasant surprise in store for the American people.”
If one is to believe the polls — a dangerous exercise, as PJ Media’s Zombie has noted, when those who conduct these surveys are failing to reach almost 40 percent of those they wish to contact and can only take one in seven of those reached to completion — Romney could be on the verge of taking command of the race. That’s great, but it certainly doesn’t justify anything less than an all-out rhetorical effort at Monday’s final debate. The worst president by far in my lifetime and every down-ticket politician who has supported him deserve the most decisive electoral beatdown Romney and Republicans can deliver.
Team Romney needs to treat all of the states considered toss-ups and the growing roster of those moving from “safe Obama” to “leaning Obama” the way Ronald Reagan did in very analogous circumstances 32 years ago. The Gipper, looking at a color-coded map with state-by-state electoral strategies, famously said: “They all look winnable to me.” He took 44 of them in his thumping of incumbent Jimmy Carter.
If he tells the American people what they need to hear and what the Obama apparatchik media has mostly kept from them, a victory approaching that magnitude may be within Mitt Romney’s grasp.