The 2012 presidential campaign is drawing to a close, but a slew of positive headlines in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and positive jobs data should push President Obama to re-election.
In September, it appeared that Obama was cruising toward a close but comfortable victory over his GOP challenger, Mitt Romney. But Obama’s miserable performance in the first debate changed the game, and Romney leapfrogged ahead of the incumbent. Obama came roaring back in their second and third meetings but even those strong performances did not appear to be enough to undo the damage of the first debate. As of last week, polls showed the race to be an almost perfect tie.
So, in the end it may be the “perfect storm,” literally and figuratively, that cements a second term for the President. A competent and gracious response to a natural disaster and the release of better-than-expected jobs numbers have created a powerful closing argument for Obama. Read