I didn’t see Romney’s press conference during which he used a white board to explain, but he seems to have forgotten what I thought was a tried-and-true Rule of Campaigns: ‘If you have to use a white board to explain, you have already lost your audience’? Doesn’t he remember Ross Perot and his white board explanations (always pausing to ask “Do ya follow?” in his condescending way)? I don’t think white board presentations work out the way candidates anticipate and I think Romney’s campaign came up with the idea at the last minute and without sleeping on it.
In any event, following these past several days with only average attention to details (so I could easily be wrong), it seems like I’ve heard 2 or 3 separate and inconsistent explanations by Ryan, Romney or their campaign – anyone else get this impression or is it just me?
In any event, history teaches us more about what to expect than current polling numbers and I believe that the smartest analysis involves looking back at previous campaigns and what happened between mid-August and voting day. I’m sure both camps are saving their best for last, so it should be very interesting to see what they believe is their best and what response is like. This is also the time when I always seem be asking “how stupid to these guys think American voters are, asking us to buy into their latest rhetoric”? That goes double for Talk Radio (Left or Right).
I also don’t find all of these news channel’s ‘campaign surrogate debates’ to be helpful analysis at all – there is zero objectivity, a lot of blind advocacy and I don’t find them informative on important issues. Voters are looking for objective and unbiased sources of information about both candidates and their ideas, but I’m at a loss to come up with any source I’d recommend.