46 days to go before the big event. The presidential election. Coast-to-coast polling shows Mitt Romney going from slipping to sliding to circling the drain. Nate Silver’s November 6 forecast has never been worse:
It’s bad. Mitt’s now almost a 5:1 dog. This would be a good time to call in the logrollers. O Great Pundits, tell him what to do. Charles Krauthammer:
Go large. About a foreign policy in ruins. About an archaic, 20th-century welfare state model that guarantees 21st-century insolvency. And about an alternate vision of an unapologetically assertive America abroad unafraid of fundamental structural change at home.
. . people had real doubts about Ronald Reagan—he was too shoot-from-the-hip, he’d start World War III. These were understandable reservations! He had to prove he was a pair of safe hands.
People think Mr. Romney’s rich, doesn’t understand regular people’s lives. They’re not sure he can turn things around. He has to prove he’s a pair of safe hands.
Jokes have power. When a politician makes a joke, he can make a point and also leave people with the impression that he is a regular guy and not some cardboard cutout.
Romney needs some jokes. And he needs them for his first presidential debate on Wednesday.
And then there’s this . .
Who knows what goes into an election victory? Was it the economy? Was it the advertising? Was it personal magnetism? Was it … the fast?
If Mitt Romney wins the presidency on Nov. 6, consider the last of those. A group of his fellow Mormons is organizing a fast Sunday so “that he will be blessed in the debates” with President Obama, which begin on Wednesday. “I know that fasting and praying brings about miracles,” reads an email reportedly sent by a fast organizer.
Bad as things are, maybe Mitt should try all four. Juggle some delicious cupcakes. Tell everybody how hungry he is. Riff on the Ethiopians BIG time.