The Obama Campaign Team's Electoral College Obsession

The GOP nominating process is more than half a year away from the first in the nation Iowa caucuses.  There could be several late entries into a field that already includes or is likely to include Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Gary Johnson, Herman Cain, Michelle Bachmann, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, and John Huntsman.  Rick Perry seems likely to get into the race, and Sarah Palin, Paul Ryan,  Chris Christie and Rudy Giuliani are all possible late entries.   The Obama campaign team is not waiting around for an opponent to be nominated. They are hoping to have raised $60 million by the end of June, and are providing early signals on the states where they think the 2012 contest will be decided.     From every indication the Obama team believes the 2012 race will be much more like the 2000 and 2004 Presidential contests that were won very narrowly by George Bush than the 2008 election won decisively by Obama.  George Bush won 31...(Read Full Article)