Reporter's Note: Presidents almost always have something riding on every election, and tonight will be no exception. But President Obama is a busy man; so I’ve made my daily letter into a viewing guide of sorts for the festivities.
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Tom Foreman | BIO
Dear Mr. President,
If you are wondering about the pervasive smell of hair gel and makeup wafting around Capitol Hill today, it’s coming from the political punditry crowd preening and polishing for tonight’s big event. As you know, they get all lathered up over almost any kind of election, even one of these off-year Punch and Judy shows. I’m not that interested. Some folks will win, some others will lose, everyone will sit around those TV fern bars we call studios hashing out the meaning, and by midnight we’ll all lapse into comas. And tomorrow, it will be politics as usual.
So let me save some time for you. Here are the only things you need to watch for tonight.
1) A sudden and surprising rise of the Bull Moose Party. Sure they’ve been laying low since the early 1900’s, but you never know.
2) Ralph Nader. If you have any trouble with this one, give Al Gore a call. He’ll explain, but you might have to listen to a lot of cursing in the process.
3) And this is the serious one: You need to keep an eye on the degree to which voters, of all stripes, coalesce (and we all know how painful that can be!) against the issue of government spending.
Fiscal conservatives (to differentiate them from social conservatives) believe this is the Achilles’ heel of any candidate from either party who likes the idea of bigger government now. They are convinced voters, right, left and center, have grown so concerned about the soaring deficit and economic problems, that those voters will hammer anyone who openly supports more big spending. And this could be a problem for you, if that shows up in the vote tonight. You’ve seen the polls; voters like you, but time and again they have expressed substantial doubt about your leadership on the economy.
And trust me, no matter how much you trust your Democratic pals, in DC friends get scarce fast when they think there is a political bill coming due. Just something to keep on eye on. Call me if you want my read as the evening progresses. But not too late…uh, I’ll probably be watching a re-run of The Office. You want to come over?
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