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Monday, April 4, 2011

2012 Reelection "Tripwires"

Real Clear Politics featured an article by Michael Tomasky outlining the five major obstacles, or "tripwires," Obama will face in his 2012 reelection campaign.

1) The economy is still in bad shape, and unemployment is higher than before he took office
2) Domestic defense (heaven forbid there should be another terrorist attack)
3) Foreign policy (Egypt, Libya, Afghanistan)
4) Swing States - Obama narrowly won Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, and Indiana in 2008, totaling 73 electoral votes
5) "A person can only be fresh once" - will the Democrats be able to rally behind Obama even though he did not deliver all of the "change" he promised?

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