Here’s Why Obama Is Maintaining His Lead Over Mitt Romney

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Four weeks ago, thanks to Mitt Romney himself, the political world was consumed with “Romneyshambles,” Romney’s gaffe-filled disaster of a trip to Europe and Israel. Three weeks ago, thanks to Harry Reid, the political world was consumed with Mitt Romney’s taxes. Then, thanks to Priorities USA Action, we spent a week arguing about whether Mitt Romney killed Joe Soptic’s wife. A few days later, thanks to Paul Ryan, we spent a week being consumed by Medicare. Now, thanks to Todd Akin, it appears that we’re going to spend this week talking about “legitimate rape” and abortion politics.

Barack Obama must be laughing his ass off about this. When was the last time Mitt Romney actually got to talk about the weakness of the economy? Over a month ago?

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