TAMPA - Obama and Romney are almost tied in the polls - and they shouldn't be. Conventional wisdom says that presidential elections are decided by the economy: if the economic outlook is bad, the incumbent gets the boot. Our horrific economy should be tanking Obama's candidacy. You all know that, right?
So now political analysts are scrambling to explain why Obama and Romney are neck and neck in the polls. We bring you some of the most-touted reasons:
1. Romney is a bad candidate. "Romney is a very bright guy but hardly a natural candidate. I suspect that the results of a Myers-Briggs personality test would not have suggested that he pursue politics as his vocation," says veteran political analyst Charlie Cook.
2. The economy doesn't matter like you'd think. "Barring rapid economic deterioration - or a botched foreign policy crisis - it's difficult to unseat a sitting president," writes James Bouie at the Washington Post.