Few can recall much about McGovern, but the respected statesman, liberal standard bearer and candidate of “amnesty, abortion and acid” — as conservative muckrakers unkindly painted him — is just as relevant now as he was during the protests of the late 1960s.
Thursday provides both a difficult challenge and a great opportunity for both campaigns. Ryan will have to overcome his lack of debate experience to build on the momentum Romney’s performance began last week, while Biden will have to fight to pin down specifics on several discrepancies in Romney’s plans without making any embarrassing gaffes.
Instead of chastising the victim, we need to focus on who committed the real wrong. Rewriting part of the American identity and ripping off this psychological blanket may be hard, but it is necessary to affect the right kind of change.
Rather than focusing on criticizing Obama’s plan, the GOP campaign needs to elaborate on the positives of its approach. They need to find a way to bring older voters back into the Republican fold if they want a chance of winning. And the GOP knows this is a bigger issue than Romney’s win in November.
The damage that the Romney campaign is taking right now may be a normal September swoon.