In the press landscape, the Biden-Ryan debate last week (October 11, 2012) was for the most part counted as a strong comeback for the Obama campaign, following the president’s lackluster performance against Mitt Romney the week before (October 3, 2012). Biden pointed out the glaring factual flaws of his opponents arguments. You can find some links detailing these in my last post here. So what is left for the Romney campaign between now and the second presidential debate tonight in Hempstead, New York (October 16, 2012)? For one thing, it is damage control. In an attempt at portraying himself as a compassionate conservative, as opposed to the long-time follower of Ayn Rand that he is, Paul Ryan went to a soup kitchen in northeast Ohio for a photo op showing him and his family cleaning some dishes. That did not go so well, as the artificiality of the whole maneuver was quite apparent:
“Charity president: Paul Ryan “did nothing” at soup kitchen photo-op.” (CBSNews, 10/15/2012)
“Charity president unhappy about Paul Ryan soup kitchen ‘photo op’.” (Washington Post, 10/15/2012)
According to the head of that apolitical charity, Ryan entered the soup kitchen without permission. And here is how he characterized what followed:
He [Ryan] did nothing. He just came in here to get his picture taken at the dining hall.
On top of that, the pots and pans Ryan and his family ‘cleaned’ for the photo op “did not appear to be dirty.”
As of October 13, 2012, Ohio leans slightly towards Obama (51% versus 46%), according to a PPP poll.
[Infographic] Here you can find the electoral map from the New York Times.