If it’s still close on Oct. 3, the presidential debates will become the hyper events that frame the final month and push the handful of still undecided voters to their final decisions. Denver and DU will be the site of the first debate with its attendant media scrum.
Domestic policy will be the topic and mostly retired Jim Lehrer of PBS, the moderator.
Like conventions, debates have seldom decided elections, but in a close race, they can lend an edge. If Barack Obama’s post-convention bounce holds, Mitt Romney will be hoping for a breakthrough. We can expect a total war. Romney and Ryan are already practicing.
Of course, there is always the possibility of a major stumble, but more commonly, debates just reinforce established impressions.