Even as Mitt Romney has effectively locked up the Republican presidential nomination with primary wins in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C., President Obama's advisers are more confident than ever that they will beat the former Massachusetts governor in the general election ... Giving Obama's team a buoyant feeling: Romney's unending string of gaffes that reinforce his image as someone who is hopelessly out of touch with the real lives of real people ... Obama proved himself eager to join his aides in some frivolous but purposeful needling of his likely opponent when, during a high-profile speech to the nation's newspaper editors, he mocked Romney's quaint use of the word marvelous to paint the New Englander as highfalutin and fussy ... Romney's prospects rely on two tracks: abandoning the effort to be likable and settling instead for awkwardly endearing (though his public image is a long way off from that) and using a series of upcoming framing speeches to condemn the Obama economic record ... Romney's top strategist, Stuart Stevens, explained to the New York Times, "This [election] isn't going to be about dogs or children's toys or birth control pills. It's going to be about the overall direction of the country" ... Republicans believe independent voters will ultimately decide that Obama is too liberal and must be replaced ... Romney's aides also want to advance the idea that Obama fails to take responsibility for the bad stuff that has happened on his watch ... While Obama was busy linking Romney to the House budget written by Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, the two Republicans were chummily campaigning together in late March, prompting observers to speculate about a Romney-Ryan ticket in the offing.
Get 'Em While They're Young
You'd expect to see the President giving a commencement address at West Point or the U.S. Air Force Academy; he speaks at one of the three service academies each year. But Barnard College? It's clear Obama chose the all-women school to curry favor with female voters. Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama are speaking in swing states like Florida and Virginia to strike a chord with young voters--and their parents.
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