Like parents encouraging their kid to stand up to the playground bully, the Sioux City Journal is calling on Mitt Romney to "show some fight and fire" in tonight's debate. After a meh debate performance on Saturday, the newspaper editorial board is practically begging their candidate to make a compelling closing argument in this, the last debate before votes are cast in Iowa.
In unequivocal fashion, make the case for why you are the man for the job and work harder to distinguish yourself from your opponents. For example, if frontrunner Gingrich makes an outrageous statement (as he is wont to do), call him on it. No, hammer him on it, and hammer him on other outrageous statements he's made. Establish a pattern of outrageous Gingrich statements and be blunt in explaining why speaking before thinking isn't advisable - and can be dangerous - for an American president.
You need to be direct and forceful, not clever and nuanced. No more bets like the awkward one with Texas Gov. Rick Perry in Des Moines. If someone tells a lie about you, call 'em a liar. To his or her face.
Show some emotion, show some fight. In Iowa and elsewhere, Americans like a fighter. In short, don't simply tread water, make a splash.