President Obama needed a clear win to stem the slide. He didn’t get it. As in the Biden-Ryan debate, the Republican came across as a gentleman, the Democrat as more articulate and assertive. It is difficult to judge the net effect on the election without knowing how well informed the undecided are. Polls show unwavering support for each candidate at around the 47% level. It is the relatively small group of undecided voters who will determine who the next president will be.
Right out of the box Obama painted his administration as one that gave strong support to the increased use of coal, the pipeline to Canada and made expansion of exploration and drilling for domestic oil and gas a priority. Every one of those assertions is exactly the opposite of the truth. But how many of the undecided viewers know that? Obama also said that what we need is efficient energy. How many undecided voters know that wind and solar are the least efficient and that’s why they need government subsidies to exist? How many know the Solyndra story, not just the headlines but the full story?
Two down, one to go. If the third is anywhere close to a draw, Obama’s record on the economy will cost him the election as well it should.