Last Chance for Victory

The Daily Banter Headline Grab. From Huff Post:

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Rahm Emanuel has often told the story, when early in his days as White House chief of staff, he mused aloud to President Barack Obama about the tough hand they’d been dealt. “Sir, this would be a lot easier if you didn’t have a giant recession and two wars to deal with,” he said.

To which Obama is said to have replied, “Rahm, if it weren’t for the recession and the two wars, we wouldn’t be here in the first place.”

Four years later, the president may be denied a second term because of the lingering consequences of the same forces that got him elected — and his own failures to master them fully.

After walking all over the president in the first debate and counter-punching his way to survival in the second, Republican nominee Mitt Romney has matched Obama in popularity polls and on projected Electoral College maps. More ominously for the president, Romney now has a personal “favorability” rating that matches Obama’s. Timing is everything in politics, and Romney is peaking at just the right moment.

Obama’s luck, on the other hand, seems to be running out, and at a very bad time: As he prepares for the final debate with Romney, he is looking ahead to the last two weeks of a 2012 campaign in which Romney’s allies will have more money and more paths to an Electoral College win.

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