This cartoon by Schrank from The Independent on Sunday uses a motoring metaphor to illustrate the growing belief that the previously unfancied Republican challenger Mitt Romney has a real chance of beating incumbent Barack Obama in the race to the White House. After a poor showing in the first presidential debate, Obama has lost ground to Romney in the polls, and some polls even put Romney in the lead.
An unhappy-looking Obama is driving along a desert road with Uncle Sam in the passenger seat. A smiling Romney can be seen coming up fast in the rear-view mirror, and may be about to overtake. Uncle Sam comments, "Yes, he could" (i.e., Romney could win), an obvious reference to Obama's famous 'Yes we can' campaign slogan from the 2008 election.
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