After all the talk about Mitt Romney killing a woman, pitiful stabs by both campaigns at name calling and a lying Senate majority leader, let's end the political week on a down note, a real glass-half-empty summary.
Start by reading the very informed Bloomberg piece by the esteemed professor Stephen Carter, "The Most Depressing Campaign Ever". In it, Carter basically says the nation is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and that the presidential campaign is making it worse. It is hard to argue with the professor.
Next, Peggy Noonan hits the nail on the head, as always, in the Wall Street Journal, telling us that we have become "A Nation That Believes Nothing." We are told so many lies that our cynicism grows to the point where we could be told the truth and we wouldn't believe it. I think that puts us on the road to a Third-World mentality, a world where conspiracies thrive and facts don't exist.
I’ll end with Chris Cillizza's summary work "The Lamest Week of the Campaign." He offers a taut summation of the campaign’s descent. As Lee Atwater would say, "This campaign has finally got down in the gutter where it belongs." I miss Lee, but I think even he would have been surprised with the news this week.
With 88 days until the election, one has to wonder what the campaign will be about this fall. A decision by both campaigns to stick to a debate on dueling views of the future of the nation's economy and our role in the world appears unlikely.
I’m sorry to those who expect me to say both sides are to blame; they aren’t. This is President Obama's fault. He has to avoid talking about what he has done and what he wants to do. He can't have an election that is a choice between more of the same or something different. He will lose.
Romney, on the other hand, has every incentive to talk about the economy, the future and nothing else. Obama is the one who needs and is supplying almost all of the distractions, which seem unlikely to stop any time soon.