As for sports omens, Clinton may be the Patriots (the "inevitable," experienced champions), but she's rooting for the Giants. Obama may be the Giants (your green underdogs, connecting at the right time), but he's rooting for the Patriots.
Like Clinton, Romney has a hometown team to root for. And the Super Bowl is coming to McCain's home state, but he'll be in Romney's backyard for a Super Bowl Sunday rally in Connecticut (where the Patriots almost moved to.)
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More on the ABC/Post poll: "Obama leads by 2-1 among African-Americans (including black women), by 10 points among men and by 12 points among independents. He's also ahead by 18 points among Democrats who describe themselves as 'very' liberal," Langer writes.
"But Clinton is maintaining her advantage in other groups; she leads Obama by 15 points among women and 23 points among white women. She has an 11-point lead among mainline Democrats, as opposed to independents; and is plus-11 among moderate and conservative Democrats, as opposed to liberals overall (among whom it's Obama plus-8)."
Add another front in the Clinton-Obama wars: guns. Clinton told reporters on her plane on Saturday that she is "not asking voters to take a leap of faith." "He has to speak to his own record, which has obviously changed over a relatively short period of time," Clinton said, responding particularly on the issue of gun control, per ABC's Eloise Harper.
"My understanding is that really within the space of four or five years, he's had several positions on a number of really challenging issues. You'll have to ask him why he has so rapidly changed position from year to year."
Poor timing for Mitt back in Mass.: "The subsidized insurance program at the heart of the state's healthcare initiative is expected to roughly double in size and expense over the next three years -- an unexpected level of growth that could cost state taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars or force the state to scale back its ambitions," Alice Dembner writes in The Boston Globe.
Poor timing for Obama just in general: The New York Times' Mike McIntire on Sunday writes up the backstory on a nuclear regulatory bill Obama has boasted of getting passed. "A close look at the path his legislation took tells a very different story," McIntire writes.
"While he initially fought to advance his bill, even holding up a presidential nomination to try to force a hearing on it, Mr. Obama eventually rewrote it to reflect changes sought by Senate Republicans, Exelon and nuclear regulators. The new bill removed language mandating prompt reporting and simply offered guidance to regulators, whom it charged with addressing the issue of unreported leaks."
And this connection might just come up: "Mr. Obama's chief political strategist, David Axelrod, has worked as a consultant to Exelon," the company whose leak at a nuclear plant made the issue intensely local for Obama.
"A spokeswoman for Exelon said Mr. Axelrod's company had helped an Exelon subsidiary, Commonwealth Edison, with communications strategy periodically since 2002, but had no involvement in the leak controversy or other nuclear issues. The Obama campaign said in written responses to questions that Mr. Obama 'never discussed this issue or this bill' with Mr. Axelrod."