I'd bet anything Obama is going to come out meaner, more aggressive, and more negative in the next debate. We already saw a preview of the strategy in today's news cycle.
I don't think it's going to work. His record is bad. He can't defend it. He's getting by on likeability right now. If he goes angry, he loses the deference the public gives him for that.
Here we are, with the landscape having shifted suddenly, and to this point Obama has been outspending Romney on advertising. Meanwhile, Romney sits on all that cash he's been holding for the stretch run.
Have they just sprung the trap?