Most Read: Opinions

direct signup

Today’s Opinions poll

Would you use an app that tells you the partisan affiliation of products you're considering buying?

Review your answers and share
The Insiders
Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 10/18/2012

Final hurdles for the candidates

As we head into the presidential campaign's final days, both candidates are laboring under a burden. Obama has failed to articulate a crisp rationale for his second term; he has not answered the question of why the next four years would be better than the last  under his leadership.

Romney's problem is different. He is doing a good job of finally focusing on the economy, to the exclusion of other issues, and beginning to convince people that perhaps he is a man with a plan. But he is in danger of having his both his tax plan and his jobs plan exposed as frauds.

These  doubts — Obama's blurry vision and Romney's lack of credibility-- are the final hurdles for both as they approach the campaign finish line. Who will jump cleanly?

By  |  09:46 AM ET, 10/18/2012

Read what others are saying

    © 2011 The Washington Post Company