JACKSBORO, Texas, July 2, 2012 — On the fifty-yard line there seems to have been a mix-up in the play. Chief Justice John Roberts was about to hand the ball off to one of his running backs, Barack Obama or Mitt Romney. Roberts, who had been assumed to favor Romney, suddenly seemed set to pass the ball to Obama, but then somehow managed to hand it to Romney anyway.
A lot is hinging on the upcoming series of downs. Roberts has left the field, but there will be others tossing balls to these two running backs. Each of them has been biting and scratching for the top spot in the league, and they know that only one can claim the title. Each has only until November to prove to the public that he has the talent to go all the way and win one for the the nation.
Romney met and ultimately defeated several other challengers for the top spot in his campaign to prove to the people that he is the best man to carry the ball for the United States. Now he goes against Obama, and it is now or never. Time is running out, and each man knows that the third quarter will be the toughest test of all.
Romney has been given an opportunity to score a big one, and he seems to have some very big boys blocking for him. For the moment, Bain Capital, which hasn’t been any help to him, is sitting on the bench, trying not to be noticed.
Roberts looks as if he wasn’t sure about the play. He knew he couldn’t cut the ball in half, though he tried mightily to work that trick. Given the flack he’s taking from some of the fans and his own team, he may wish that he had just fallen on it to force a punt.
But Romney got the ball and has made some pretty smart moves. The crowd has cheered “TAX! TAX! TAX!” as he turns to point his finger at Obama.
And Obama is still searching the sidelines to find Bain Capital.
One of the advantages Mitt has enjoyed is the fact that Obama loves to hear himself talk, and talk, and talk. Then he parties into the night to raise money with his Hollywood friends, then struts like Broadway Joe Namath in front of adoring groupies from the press. He realizes that without his groupies, he is out on the field all by himself.
But Mitt has been in the game of life for many years. He has lost some contests, but for the most part he has proved himself a winner. When he has the ball, he knows what he is doing, and the fans know they’ll see some quiet competence. He has been a huge success as a family man, and a solid success in the business world. He knows how to balance the books and reign in spending, attributes of a good player in the game of life.
But this game is far from over. Obama has a proven record of executive privilege, and how this will affect the game is anyone’s guess. This much we do know: He will play as hard and as dirty as he can to win.
Romney will have to play a hard and aggressive game to win, but he has been given the proverbial ball, and now we will see whether he can run with it.
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