By Maggie Naberman POLITICO
More on the micro state of the race, from Weekly Standard editor William Kristol:
Does this year’s presidential campaign strike you as strikingly petty? Boringly conventional? Uncommonly stupid? Yes? Join the crowd.
It shouldn’t be this way. After all, the times are unusually interesting, the nation’s circumstances fundamentally challenging, our conditions unpredictably surprising. And yet the campaigns seem incapable of saying anything that might inform, making arguments that might educate, doing anything that might inspire…
…Still, whining is unmanly, and complaining pointless. And the fact remains that the choice this fall is far from an unimportant one.
It will likely come out well. Mitt Romney should win. The public doesn’t seem inclined to swoon for a second time at the charms of Barack Obama. The American people are resistant to their attempted seduction by the carnival barkers of modern liberalism. In general, the country has shown impressive resilience and good sense.
And it’s quite possible a Romney administration will prove superior to the Romney campaign…
…Reformist ages have followed on the heels of dreary presidential campaigns (e.g., 1932 and 1960). A stupid campaign needn’t mean we’re condemned to a stupid future. We can endure this campaign—not that we have much choice. And then we can prevail.