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Politico | Obama stumbles out of the gate

Nothing inspires Democrats like the Barack Obama swagger — the supreme self-confidence on stage,  the self-certainty in private.

So nothing inspires more angst than when that same Obama stumbles, as he has  leaving the gate in 2012.

That’s the unmistakable reality for Democrats since Obama  officially launched his reelection campaign three weeks ago. Obama, not Mitt Romney,  is the one with the muddled message — and the one who often comes across as  baldly political. Obama, not Romney, is the one facing blowback from his own  party on the central issue of the campaign so far — Romney’s history with Bain Capital. And most remarkably, Obama, not Romney, is the one falling behind in fundraising.

To top it off, Vice President JoeBiden has looked more like a distraction this month than the potent working-class weapon  Obama needs him to be.

National polls, which had shown Obama with a slight but steady lead over  Romney through April, moved into a virtual tie this month — despite Romney’s  clumsy conclusion to the GOP race.



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