The challenger will always try to talk down the economy. Obviously we're far from out of the woods. The GDP is growing barely at trend, unemployment is still too high, and millions of foreclosures remain in the pipeline, though filings are at the lowest level since July 2007. So it's a mixed bag, but nothing like the dark picture that Gov. Romney and his supporters have been trying to paint. We're slowly sailing out of a storm. Too slowly, in my humble opinion, due to the refusal of policy makers other than Bernanke and Co., to put some policy-induced wind in the economy's sails. But remember, when Bob Dole tried Romney's argument back in 1996, it was a huge loser for him. The timing isn't nearly as supportive for the president, but the truth is that things are slowly getting better and Romney's claims to the contrary may be drowned out by this reality.