This: Rivals’ ideological overreach likely to aid Obama – FT.com is a pretty good summary of the political situation in America, as it appears to me at least. The article itself takes a slightly more nuanced tone than the headline – essentially replacing “likely to” with “may,” and reminding us that Obama has a pretty dreadful approval rating at the moment. The most recent round of polling data on a hypothetical election had Obama roughly level with Mitt Romney; now that Rick Perry’s entered the race and is the Republican frontrunner you’d have thought he might do better than Romney vs. Obama. But you know; I’m not sure. Independents might be turned off by him.

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