Steve of CA Wrote: 1 minute ago (3:26 PM)
1. Obama's campaign followed a tactic similar to the Bush/Rove tactic of 2004: Negatively define the opponent and attack him on his perceived strength, in this case Bain capital. They also attacked him as a flip-flopper, similar to the attacks on Kerry, which undermined his attempt to move to the center after the GOP convention.
2. Romney's choice of Ryan as a running mate, while solidifying the base, also undermined his attempt to move to the center because Ryan was also seen as too far right, both in his legislative record and in his publicly professed admiration of Ayn Rand.
I hadn't heard anything about Ayn Rand on the News. That wasn't an issue.