No, not Morning in America, Reagan's landslide reelection campaign. Early on, Barack Obama planned to mimic the Reagan reelect strategy but reality failed to bend to the president's will; a huge surprise to nearly everyone with an Ivy League degree. According to leftist mythology, President Reagan's first-term reversal of seemingly inevitable American decline was dumb luck: The business cycle is inevitable; downturns give way to rebounds; and the steeper the recession the more robust the recovery.
Barack Obama aimed to govern as the Anti-Reagan and coast to reelection on the business cycle, earning decades of Big Government brand-equity with the electorate.
Sometimes reality bites. Hard.
But there is at least one noteworthy comparison between October 2012 and 1984. Tune into the homestretch pitch from today's post-Clinton Democrats, with chief Obamanomics salesman Joe Biden wielding his trademark fingernail-across-blackboard candor.
I am old enough to remember the last politician to try this approach this directly: The year was 1984 and the candidate Walter Mondale.