|Planless Obama & Ignatieff|
Obama’s Chicago-based brain trust had intended to highlight four years of “solid, steady progress” in the final days of the race, several Democrats told POLITICO, with a healthy dose of hammering Romney — a strategy that had given Obama a lead going into that fateful first debate.
Instead, the pressure is now on Obama to prove himself — and oh so late in the game. That led his campaign on Tuesday to release a detailed, bullet-point plan for his second term — a formal agenda his team had long resisted despite appeals from the likes of Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and James Carville, and an army of basic-cable liberals, who said the president needed to spend less time cutting down Romney and more time elevating himself.
“Had to do it … It’s all about earning people’s votes,” emailed a Democrat close to the campaign when the plan was unveiled hours after the third and final presidential debate in Boca Raton, Fla.
And why did it take so long to release it? It sounds just like the advisors when Michael Ignatieff was running for prime minister in his disasterous election, and Team Liberal did not release the election platform until the writ was dropped:
Top campaign officials authorized the creation of a plan around the time of the convention but chose not to release it before the debates to deny Romney any lines of attack.