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Does the prospect of a drawn out fight between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich help or hurt President Obama? The conventional wisdom says it helps him, and the White House views the GOP fight as a welcome distraction, but remember what happened in 2008 – when Obama and Hillary Clinton battled into June. Obama was able to build organization in states that he’d later win in the general – like North Carolina and Virginia.

 

Meanwhile, Romney is stepping up his attacks against Gingrich, calling him an “extraordinarily unreliable leader in the conservative world.” Do you think conservatives will buy that attack, considering its source? Romney’s using his own weakness and trying to tag Gingrich with it.

 

And President Obama is trying out a new strategy on how his administration dealt with the economy. He’s doing something that might be very hard to do – to campaign on the idea that it could have been much worse. Yesterday, the president told a local TV station in Seattle: “I think we understood that it was bad, but we didn’t know how bad it was. I think I could have prepared the American people for how bad this was going to be, had we had a sense of that.” Let’s see if he finds success with that message.

 

Voting Wrongs: Attorney General Eric Holder issued a public warning that new voter ID laws in states across the country could disenfranchise minority voters, but he stopped short of the broader crackdown activists were hoping for.

 

And speaking of voting wrongs – the country may now have its worst case of Congressional district gerrymandering. Check out the map Republicans have put forth in Pennsylvania.

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