Monday, October 15, 2012

"Dear Mr. President ..." (AKA My Unsolicited Advice on the Eve of the Second Presidential Debate)

This one just wrote itself this morning when I turned off the news in disgust.


Dear Mr. President,

We all know that the stakes are high for the upcoming debate, so I'm writing today with some advice that I hope will be helpful.

First of all, it is critical that you aggressively debunk the egregiously misleading and untruthful messaging the Romney campaign keeps putting out there. For example, remind us that you are running on a strong record that includes ending the war in Iraq, saving the auto industry, increasing private-sector jobs and (against all odds!) accomplishing health-care reform that gives not only hope but insurance to Americans with pre-existing conditions -- not to mention our kids, who can stay on our policies until they're 26.

But don't be too aggressive. If you come out swinging too hard, the pundits will call you rude and disrespectful and make a big deal about how you're trying too hard. So you need to nail him without hammering him.

Read the rest here ...

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