October 25, 2012

THE IRONY IS THAT THE UR'S CENTRISM PREVENTED RUNNING FROM THE CENTER:

Obama's Blunder Was in Ceding Political Center to Romney (Clive Crook, Oct 23, 2012, Bloomberg)

In the last debate, focused mainly on foreign policy, he moved further toward moderation. He struck a conciliatory tone and found little in what Obama said to disagree with, making the encounter in one sense a nonevent. He was cautious to a fault, careful to avoid seeming recklessly hawkish, allaying concerns that under his leadership the U.S. might blunder into another war. This peacemaking Romney couldn't have won the Republican nomination. But he could very well win on Nov. 6.

The cipher to understanding this election is to ask, why didn't Obama beat Romney to it? Why didn't he deny his Republican opponent the middle ground of U.S. politics by seizing it himself?

Given economic conditions that dictate a loss, Mr. Obama had to at least try to restore his base in order to avoid a blow-out.

Posted by at October 25, 2012 5:21 AM
  

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