I am nervous before the debate.
This may be flash-back stress to years of debate prep, but I am worried about Barack Obama tonight. I have bought into the notion (is it only spin?) that he has more to lose. Of course, he does. Mitt Romney has been floundering. Taking the stage can only elevate him, blah, blah, blah.
I prepared a question that Romney should ask: “The most important question tonight isn’t just are you better off today than you were four years ago? The more pressing question is will you be better off four years from now under a second Obama term?” I hope Obama is ready for that line of attack. I have argued repeatedly that his remaining obstacle to victory is explaining how he will improve the economy in the short-term and resolve the fiscal crisis in the long-term. He and Romney have done a good job of seriously damaging, but not destroying confidence in Romney’s ability to be a good president. Tonight is Obama’s test to show he would be not only a better president over the next four years, but also a good one.