Woke up this morning feeling so chipper and delighted with life that my mood has a sound track. Why this good cheer? Well, for an hour or so I rather wondered that myself. Then it struck me. Despite the suppurating pessimism of my friend and comrade Rob Long, in the course of this week, imperceptibly, in mental movements so small that I was scarcely aware of them, I've come to this conclusion: I actually like the current political dynamic.
I reason as follows:
All Mitt has to do in the first debate is to exceed the present, low expectations. The press will immediately start writing "comeback" stories. The polls will tighten--there's just no way that polls showing Mitt 10 points down in Ohio could have been accurate in the first place--and the new polls will engender still more good press. (The press is trying to sell newspapers and airtime. When it comes right down to it, their desire for a close race will trump their ideological preference for Obama.)
He still has to perform well in the debate next Wednesday. But if he does--and I see no reason to doubt that he will--then Mitt Romney will become the Comeback Kid.
And if you doubt me, Brother Long, I can only suggest you take a stroll on the Fifty-Ninth Street Bridge.