Editor’s note: This post is part of a weekly series by Dr. Owen that we will feature on on weekends until Election Day. They are part of a blog being run by Affan Chowdhry of the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail. The blog series will focus on providing a weekly campaign scorecard for each candidate.
This week's full blog post can be read at the Globe and Mail's website here.
Heading toward the finish line of the ultra-marathon election, the two candidates are finishing strong in a tight race. Mitt Romney and Barack Obama assumed appropriate roles in the immediate wake of Hurricane Sandy as they suspended campaigning. Mr. Obama showcased his leadership skills as he oversaw the government’s response. Mr. Romney worked on relief for victims, which conveyed his humanity.
Mr. Obama gained some unlikely fans as a result of the storm in the Republican governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In formally endorsing Mr. Obama, Bloomberg put the issue of climate change, which he feels was responsible for the storm, on the agenda. He criticized Mr. Romney’s record on the issue, a sentiment which some voters have echoed as the candidates returned to the campaign trail.
Conventional wisdom dictates that presidential debates rarely have lasting effects, but there is increasingly evidence that the first debate changed the dynamic of this campaign. A study just released by the Project for Excellence in Journalism shows that media coverage of Romney after the first debate became more favorable, while treatment of Obama was more negative.
Following the debate, Mitt Romney, or the “Comeback Kid,” as he has been dubbed by pundits, almost seemed like a different candidate with a tougher, more focused message that seems to be resonating with voters.
As the campaign goes into its final 100 hours, Americans are as exhausted as the candidates. The four-year old in this viral video posted by Slate pretty much sums up what many Americans feel about this election: We are so tired of the campaign that we could cry.