A campaign so like any other
Herald-news editorial September 7, 2012 11:06PM
Updated: October 10, 2012 6:26AM
At least we got to see Clint Eastwood and Scarlett Johansson.
Now that the two weeks of rah-rah and blah-blah at the Republican and Democratic national conventions are over, the presidential campaigns head into the home stretch. And what can we expect to hear during the next two months?
We’re hoping for more than the vague platitudes and gaudy finger-pointing that were on display in Tampa and Charlotte. Unfortunately, we’re not optimistic.
And what do these conventions accomplish anymore? It’s not like there was any doubt Barack Obama or Mitt Romney would secure the nominations.
Sure, it’s a four-day party for delegates, but what of substance is achieved? We didn’t see or hear much.
Barring a major change in the economy, an international crisis or a major debate gaffe, this presidential election looks as if it will remain as is — closely contested, with most voters’ minds made up and two candidates who aren’t especially exciting the electorate trying to woo independent voters. President Obama’s rock-star image of four years ago has faded with a stagnant economy, persistent unemployment, doubt about Obamacare and his having inevitably disappointed some supporters with the decisions he has made during his first term.
Mitt Romney appears too wooden and cautious to inspire the masses. He struggles with a reputation as an uber-rich flip-flopper and is still looking for something to ignite his candidacy.
Both candidates have been long on promises and negative comments toward the other but short on details on how they will address the many serious issues confronting America, particularly reviving the economy.
We hope for more specifics and a focus on the issues but aren’t holding our breath. Two months to go. The path seems to be laid out. Don’t expect many twists or turns along the way.