Jay Cost, on the man who wasn’t mentioned even once during the primetime speeches at the RNC last night — Barack Obama:
At first blush, it might seem like an odd move. After all, this president is unpopular and in a weakened political position. Isn’t the time to strike now? The answer is, probably not.
For months, Democratic politicians, pundits, and strategists have been insisting that this election would be a choice, not a referendum. Little did they know that the Republican party actually agreed with them. Democrats thought that this “choice, not referendum” meme was their trump card, but in fact virtually every successful challenger throughout American history has won by making the contest a choice.
One side is campaigning like winners; the other, not so much. Don’t get cocky, but do draw your own conclusions.