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Tuesday's campaign round-up

02/28/12 12:00PM

Today's installment of campaign-related news items that won't necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:* The final PPP poll out of Michigan shows Rick Santorum edging past Mitt Romney by the narrowest of margins, 38% to 37%. This is, it's worth noting, based on one night's worth of data, and most other recent polls show Romney with a small lead.* Romney's favorability numbers are down sharply among self-identified conservatives in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll.* Newt Gingrich said yesterday the U.S. read more

Pic: Democrat votes Santorum in Michigan

Pic: Democrat votes Santorum in Michigan

02/28/12 11:17AM

Earlier this morning, Steve wrote about Rick Santorum appealing for Democratic voters in Michigan today. Self-declared Democrat @KenRWhittaker sends this pic of his ballot -- that's one for Santorum. Judging from #OperationHilarity, there are others.(This pic reached us over Twitter. You can also send us photos, etc., here.) read more

By Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

The first rule of debate club

02/28/12 10:42AM

If you've read "Game Change" or listened to Rachel read key portions of it on the show, then you already know that Mitt Romney doesn't have many friends among his presidency-seeking peers. At least, Gov. Romney didn't seem to win much admiration among his fellow rivals for the 2008 Republican nomination. Whether you're in high school or running for the White House, getting bad-mouthed in the bathroom usually indicates that you've got a popularity problem.In the 2012 campaign cycle, it appears that Mitt Romney has found someone he can rely upon to sit with him at lunch. read more

Republicans used to think this was a problem.

What a difference a decade makes on income inequality

02/28/12 10:05AM

For much of the Obama era, issues such as income inequality have been deemed largely off limits by the right. The problem, according to many conservatives, isn't the growing gap between rich and poor, or the emergence of a new Gilded Age, but rather, talking about these issues in public. Maybe, the argument goes, if we ignore the societal dilemma, it'll just go away.But it wasn't too terribly long ago that Republicans felt this was at least a problem worth considering. read more

Exacerbating the gender gap

02/28/12 09:26AM

In 2008, Barack Obama cruised to an easy win over John McCain thanks in large part to a large gender gap -- the Democrat got the support of a narrow plurality of men, but defeated the Republican among women by 13 points.Four years later, the GOP agenda may very well make the gap even wider.The recent furor over whether religious employers should be forced to pay for their workers' contraception is certainly a factor but hardly the only reason for women warming up to Obama again after turning away from him late last year.An Associated Press-GfK poll suggests women also are giving the president read more

Mitt Romney heard plenty of stories from his father.

Romney's risible 'recollections'

02/28/12 08:00AM

Mitt Romney has spent the last couple of weeks desperately trying to prove to Michigan Republicans he has deep, meaningful roots to the state, as evidenced by his love of the state's tree heights. read more

Newt Gingrich, San Francisco values, and the Union Square transvestite

02/27/12 11:59PM

One of Newt Gingrich's favorite ad hominem word bombs is "San Francisco values," assuming that the mere mention of that Gomorrah by the Bay will inflame the Republican faithful.In a burst of civic pride, San Francisco Chronicle reporters Joe Garofoli and Carla Marinucci pressed Mr. Gingrich as to what exactly the phrase "San Francisco values" actually means.Though they probably weren't expecting a lengthy anecdote about Mr. Gingrich's encounter with a six foot two inch transvestite in Union Square, it's a nice bonus all the same. read more

Anything goes

Anything goes

02/27/12 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight’s show – the challenge to stay true in the Republican presidential campaign, plus we’ve got Frank Rich on his latest piece in New York magazine, and a little red... watch