Thingish Things

50 – State – Contests

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Jun• 09•11


Great story in Politico today by Glenn Thrush detailing what I touched on this morning. President Obama, who famously targeted “Red” states in 2008, now looks like he will have to defend formerly reliable  “Blue” states in 2012, plus those in which he made inroads in the last election.

Team Obama is, according to Thrush’s story, constructing multiple state strategies based on various GOP candidate scenarios. One strategy virtually abandons Midwest states like Ohio and Indiana that were considered key in 2008 in favor of Mountain West states like Colorado and Nevada. Based on Las Vegas’s nation-leading real estate bust, that’s no slam dunk. Obama is also reportedly relying on winning North Carolina and Virginia, both of which will be tough fights. Even Wisconsin and Minnesota could be up for grabs.

One thing is clear though: with so many states in play in 2012, the Obama campaign will be stretched all over the map, financially and logistically.  The offense has unquestionably turned the ball over to the other team in three short years.  Team Obama will be playing defense from here on out.

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    When the offense is eleven scrawny punks in tutus, the defense can still dominate a game.

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