Spitzer & Matalin discuss SOTU: Not bold (Nat'l Journal)? Liberal boilerplate (McConnell)? Or an historic bid to shrink inequality and leave a progressive legacy? Then: Given Rubio's flop sweat and cliches, is he old whine in a new bottle?
Spitzer & Matalin agree that Obama "won" the second debate on style/theatrics but they split on substance -- polls show Romney had edge on jobs while Obama scored TKO on "acts of terror" counter-punch. Then: the two 'drill down' on Women, Economy & Turnout.
As he negotiates with Republicans going forward, President Obama must not forget about his left flank. Re-engaging with his grassroots base, in a real and meaningful way would be a good place to start.
The Blue Dogs are right about campaign strategy in some conservative districts -- but they greatly overstate their case. Granularity is usually lost in our political narrative, and the numbers suggest subtle, diverging politics.
Everyone who is upset with the current state of the Democratic Party simply must read Ari Berman's book on how Democrats came to rebuild The Party of Jefferson and obtain electoral dominance in 2006 and 2008.