Bodybuilders are concerned about peaking too early prior to a competition. It’s a delicate balance of weight training and diet in that six to eight weeks prior to a show. Tune in at that right time and they dazzle the judges. If not, there will be complaints about bloatedness, lack of definition, lack of mass.
The concept also applies to presidential campaigns. Right now Mr. Obama is apparently doing well. He looks presidential. He’s hitting the talk shows. He’s making the speeches. His convention bump in the polls was noticeable. But just like carbohydrate depletion can leave a bodybuilder cranky, leaving them open to making a crucial error in diet, a campaign can make a crucial error that eventually wipes out a four percentage point lead.
Bottom line, it’s still too early. The debates start next week. Both candidates still have a shot at the knock-out punch. Both candidates better stock up on those complex carbs.