I’m starting to pull together material for my fall course at Trinity, and I may as well put some of it here.
How will the media cover the hate issue? And how will those notions about Obama most effectively spread? This lays out the way “You didn’t build that” couples with the notion that Obama is strange and angry. And there’s the notion that Obama rejects exceptionalism.
For Romney the most destructive memes right now are the offshore accounts (which are rather unusual for a presidential candidate). In a lot of ways the negatives on Romney are, at their core, similar to those on Obama — at least in the sense that each man will be painted by the opposition as “different,” “hidden” and unknowable.
The place to watch polls, by the way, is with Nate Silver.