… Two recent national polls show a narrow gap between Romney and Obama on the deficit. Romney seems to have lost his advantage after weeks of being pilloried by Democrats for his policies, which they claim would cut taxes on the rich, raise taxes on the middle class and cost seniors more for health care.
Conservatives and independent analysts, meanwhile, have been increasingly questioning whether Romney’s proposals are detailed enough to justify their claims.
The cumulative effect seems to be taking a toll on Romney’s reputation as someone who will fix the nation’s debt burden. [cont.]
Zachary A. Goldfarb, Washington Post