I hope President Obama is fired up and ready to go for the convention and the rest of his campaign. Instead of viewing the campaign as something to endure, he should view it as a second chance to create some space to govern in a second term. Instead of trying to eek out a narrow and ugly win, he should go for a mandate.

This isn’t a romantic’s notion, a yearning for a little hope and change magic. Rather, it is a plea based on practical politics. Mitt Romney’s convention gave Obama a huge opportunity to speak with specificity about where and how he wants to lead the country. People are still listening to him, albeit with greater skepticism, and they are desperate for a way forward. Go for it, Mr. President.