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Republicans are increasingly nervous about the candidacy of Mitt Romney, who has proven time and time again that he’s his own worst enemy. The latest distraction – the videotape on which he’s seen disparaging 47 percent of the American public as layabouts – may yet prove politically lethal. But top Republicans concede he’s a flawed candidate who needs to get on message and stop getting in his own way. And time is running out. Peggy Noonan calls his campaign “incompetent” but Politico warns not to write his obituary just yet.

 

Romney’s trying to do damage control with an op-ed in today’s USA Today where he promises “recovery, not dependency”.

 

Now that Mitt Romney has divided the country between the haves and the have-nots, The New York Times lead editorial argues that gone is the pretense that Romney could ever be president of all Americans.

 

President Obama made his first public reaction to the Romney tapes in an appearance on the “Late Show” with David Letterman.

 

The USA Today Swing States poll gives President Obama a two-point lead.

 

Mitt Romney thought he could compete in Wisconsin, but a new poll by Quinnipiac and The New York Times there finds him six points behind. The poll shows the president with a smaller lead in Virginia and barely ahead in Colorado.

 

Yet another poll shows Elizabeth Warren leading in Massachusetts. The WBUR poll is the fourth poll out this week with Warren ahead.

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