“Embracing Bowles-Simpson for a second term would be news. It would highlight the utter fiscal unseriousness of Paul Ryan, and the 1981-style policies of Romney. It would win back the center. And it would, in my view, win the election. If he plays safe this week, which will be his instinct, or if the convention is a tired attack on Romney’s wealth or aloofness, or if it reeks of class war or racial resentment, he will lose. If he takes a risk and embraces his own commission – and dares the GOP to support him on it, he could win big. Yes, I still think that’s possible. The sheer weakness of the Republican non-arguments last week – their gaping intellectual contradictions and cultural obsessions – gives the president an opportunity to inspire us now as he did four years ago. He told us then it wasn’t going to be easy to change Washington. But by embracing Bowles-Simpson now, he will show he remains serious about that kind of radical change.” Emphasis added.
Andrew Sullivan, from “Yes He Can,” The Daily Beast
There’s kind of a game of chicken going on in both campaigns, with Mitt thinking he can win without detailed, coherent (i.e., numbers that add up) policy simply because the economy is still bad, and he’s not Obama. Obama thinks he too can win without detailed, coherent policy because Mitt is so unlikable and the Dinosaur Riders surrounding him are so scary. Each is hoping to find glory without having to display any guts.