The New York Times calls Romney's performance in the debate last week "dominant." I think "domineering" is the better word. Whatever you think it was, it's been effective in three "battleground" states where voters are giving Romney the edge because of his "leadership." Of course, until we get over dominance and domineering, America is not going to be a happy country in a safe world where we are respected. That's not an opinion. That's just life's lessons.
Fortunately, the Times adds, the economy is giving Obama the edge. That's called substance winning over style.
The latest Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News poll, of likely voters in the three states, Colorado, Virginia and Wisconsin, found no sharp movement after the debate and the news last Friday that the unemployment rate in September had dropped below 8 percent for the first time since Mr. Obama took office.
But the poll suggested that Mr. Romney had gained strength in a number of ways since last month and that Mr. Obama’s best defense is the somewhat brighter economic outlook and the fact that voters continue to relate to him more than they do to his opponent.
Mr. Romney’s backers now support him more fervently than before. ...NYT
Something keeps happening, though, in this particular election that I don't remember seeing before. Weary from economic difficulties, many voters seem to be closer to reality than we have been in the past. In responses to reporters and pollsters, home truths seem to pull people back to reality.
Suzanne DiLisi, 44, a restaurant worker from Marshall, Va., said Wednesday that she planned to vote for Mr. Obama because of concerns that Mr. Romney would not help lower-income people like herself.
“Financially speaking, I believe Romney will cut the debt,” Ms. DiLisi said. “But he will do it at the expense of people who are already suffering.” She pointed to Mr. Romney’s comment that 47 percent of Americans are dependent on government.
“Those remarks, they were awful,” she said. ...NYT
Romney is, we could say, "dominant" when it comes to making revealing remarks on the campaign trail.