That puts the impetus on Mr. Obama to this week not just sell himself to voters, rouse his party's base, or defend his four years in office against the attacks of his opponent. When he accepts his party's nomination Thursday, he needs to articulate an agenda. And reviving the platitudes of 2008, what the GOP so often ridicules as the "hope and change" promises, will not accomplish that.
Last week, we observed that Mr. Romney needed to explain his own agenda and fell woefully short. The
Mr. Obama could easily make the same mistake. Already, the DNC has followed a script in Charlotte remarkably similar to the
No doubt Mr. Obama's political advisers are even now telling him to not give Republicans any new material to misrepresent and attack in the fact-checker-free campaign. Yet if Mr. Obama takes the stage and the totality of his economic policy is to extend the Bush tax cuts for those earning less than $250,000, will a single undecided voter actually be persuaded? Moreover, if he wins, will he have any mandate at all?
The reality of the next four years is that no matter who is elected, the political gridlock and polarization of the last two years is almost certain to continue. No party is going to achieve a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority in the
We would not advocate that the president take the stage and promise to raise taxes as
Mr. Obama has said as much before, but in the midst of such Democratic hoopla and eat-the-rich sentiment, it would surely offer a contrast to his opponent and serve as a reminder that when he and GOP leaders argued over these matters over the last two years, it was he who was willing to make concessions and challenge his base, not