October 18, 2012

IT'S A LOW BAR, BUT HE CLEARED IT:

Romney Following Reagan's Lead: Two Down, One To Go For The Presidency (Thomas Del Beccaro, 10/17/2012, Forbes)

For a challenger to win, most often, at least two and preferably three things must occur:

people must believe the current conditions, economic or otherwise, are not good enough (a must),

the challenger must appear voter friendly and up to the job (nearly a must), and

the challenger should provide a viable alternative to the incumbent (preferably so, especially if the challenger wants a mandate).

In this election, the public believes the current situation is not good enough by a wide margin. [...]

Romney then used the first two debate just as Reagan did in his only debate appearance with Carter in 1980. Reagan was likeable, confident, in command and proved he belonged on the stage. Romney has done the same.  In other words, Romney completed two out of the three key steps Reagan took to beat an incumbent.

Posted by at October 18, 2012 5:21 AM
  

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