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Just as Mitt Romneyâ€™s message has settled in,moncler outlet jackets, maybe even before, Democrats have the chance to swivel the spotlight back in their direction and make the case for the incumbent moncler boots President.
Barack Obama is well-liked â€• far more appealing than an empty chair. His job approval hit 50% in two recent polls,moncler dames, and most swing state polls show him protecting his lead. Romney needs many things to go right, especially the debates.
But with job numbers still weak and two more months to cement the image of whether our economy is moving forward or sliding back, the President needs a convention that does more than bat at moncler nyc the Mitt Romney pi?ata. Some of that is essential, but the public knows that more tax moncler jacket men returns arenâ€™t going to fall out. moncler kids And the Republican National Convention did a good job of turning Romney and Paul Ryan from easy villains into plain old ideological foes. Obamaâ€™s challenge is to define the Romney-Ryan agenda as irresponsible â€• countering the adults-in-the-room picture painted by the big speeches at the RNC â€• and balance GOP vagaries with tangible specifics about a second Obama term.
Moderate voters are on guard against fearmongering, so the best way to make the case is calmly.
Without histrionics, explain why it makes sense for those at the top to pay a bit more as one of many steps to reduce the deficit and help spare the middle class a tax hike. Go after Romneyâ€™s record at Bain Capital, but donâ€™t get shrill about it. Describe the effects of a Medicare voucher system on seniorsâ€™ strained budgets.
Explain how difficult, if not impossible, it is to do what Romney says he wants to do: slash taxes by 20% across the board, hike defense spending and bring the budget closer to balance without revoking tons of middle-class tax credits and deductions or eviscerating all other government spending.
Team Obama cannot look tax-happy or spendthrift. While Americans may be wary of what moncler kids jackets suddenly turning off the taxpayer spigot would do to the economy, theyâ€™re even more worried about leaving the faucet running. With trillion-dollar deficits, $15 trillion in long-term debt and federal spending accounting for a quarter of Gross Domestic Product, thereâ€™s a pretty broad consensus: weâ€™re tapped out.
Democrats need to hug small business as hard as the Republicans did, offering up vivid personal stories of how Obama policies are helping create jobs.
The President also needs to remind the public of what he has accomplished. A healthy chunk of the convention should be dedicated cheap moncler jackets for men to a full-throated defense of health care reform â€• Democrats canâ€™t look ashamed of Obamaâ€™s central legislative victory.
Despite plenty of evidence it saved the economy from more economic carnage, â€śstimulusâ€ť is a punch line; Democrats need to counter that impression.
Romney didnâ€™t mention the war in Afghanistan once in his big speech. Obama may be a reluctant wartime President, but he is one nonetheless. Honor the troops.
Ultimately, a defensive convention would be an unsuccessful convention. Obama and Vice President Biden have to offer a concrete sense of how itâ€™ll feel in America next August or in December 2014, with the same team in charge.
How will the debt come down? How will other problems,moncler dunjakke, like immigration, be solved? How exactly will all the precious investments Obama says must be protected result in jobs for the 23 million unemployed and better lives for the middle class?