Okay, I know you're probably tired of hearing about it but the second Presidential debate is tonight at Hofstra University. We've heard all the details by now (town hall format, the worry from both sides over moderator Candy Crowley, etc), so let's focus on what we do know will have to happen tonight.
As we all know Obama lost the first debate even though Romney interrupted everyone and basically changed every position he had in the past. That the challenger would win the first debate is a TV staple since every incumbent president uses loses the first debate as they run for re-election (though Clinton in 96 was an exception; the rule also includes Ronald Reagan. Hopefully he realizes that he can't appear absent or focused on some other thing. Yeah, Biden's performance in the VP debate helped a bit (though he basically did what should've been done the first time around) but Obama will still have to call Mitt when he tries to lie about his record (which he will do). Will the war on women or the 47% quote will come up? Who knows. What we do know is that talking points will come up and that regardless of what happens, the mainstream media will still probably gloss over the real issues we have to deal with.
In a truly just world, there would be third party candidates to offer their views and give the public a real choice. Unfortunately, we don't have that in this country or election cycle. Thus, we're dealing with the few undecided voters and some likely voters trying to decide the next four years to some degree off of these performances.
What happens from this is anyone's guess. We'll have to wait until tonight to find out.