The Note’s Must-Reads for Monday, February 27, 2012

By Jayce Henderson

Feb 27, 2012 3:27am

The Note’s Must-Reads are a round-up of today’s political headlines and stories from ABC News and the top U.S. newspapers. Posted Monday through Friday right here at

Compiled by ABC News’ Jayce Henderson, Jacqueline Fernandez and Amanda VanAllen

ABC News’ Rick Klein: “‘World News’ Political Insights: What Mitt Romney Has Already Lost” Regardless of the outcome Tuesday in Michigan, Mitt Romney has already lost something big. Romney can solidify his claim on the Republican nomination with a victory in his native state. But what he can’t claim back is the ability to excite and perhaps simply unify the party behind his bid — critical shortcomings that are likely to haunt his bid for the presidency for as long as it lasts. LINK

The New York Times’ Ashley Parker: “In the Romney Campaign, Precision Has Its Pitfalls” Mitt Romney’s campaign typically leaves little to chance, so when his aides discovered three drunken homeless men on a bench, smoking and shouting, outside Nashua City Hall in New Hampshire, where Mr. Romney was set to receive a major endorsement, they swung into action. LINK

Bloomberg’s John McCormick and Lisa Lerer: “Romney Works Turn-Out to Avoid Defeat in Michigan” Mitt Romney’s Michigan campaign headquarters in a suburban Detroit office building isn’t much bigger than a two-car garage. Fewer than a dozen volunteers and staff members milled about the cramped office late last week dialing potential voters on cell phones. LINK

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos: “Rick Santorum: ‘A Lot’ of People in US Have No Desire for College” GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said this morning on “This Week” that “a lot” of Americans have no desire to go to college and defended previous comments he made calling President Obama a “snob” for encouraging more Americans to seek higher education. “There are a lot of people in this country that have no desire or no aspiration to go to college, because they have a different set of skills and desires and dreams that don’t include college,” said Santorum. LINK

USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich: “Santorum still taking hits on his record” Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum has spent a week under increased scrutiny for reversing his position on several decisions he made during and right after his tenure in Congress, but supporters who rallied in Michigan on Sunday said his changes made very little difference to them. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who is in a fierce battle with Santorum in Michigan’s GOP primary Tuesday, has attempted to take full advantage of Santorum’s comments last week that he “took one for the team” when he supported President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind education legislation in 2001. LINK

The Washington Post’s Nia-Malika Henderson: “Rick Santorum presses culture wars attack” Rick Santorum has opened up a new and provocative front in the political culture wars as he boldly tries to cast the race for the White House as a battle between the secular and the religious. LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Paul West: “Santorum and Romney fight their own class war in Michigan” On the eve of the unlikeliest showdown of a dumbfounding campaign year, the bitter Republican primary battle in Michigan has turned into an all-out class war. Rick Santorum, flaunting the fieriest populism in years by a GOP presidential contender, is waging a determined challenge against Mitt Romney, heir to a storied Michigan political dynasty. LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Neil King Jr. and Peter Nicholas: “Race Tightens as Michigan Vote Nears” Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum moved Sunday to try to prove that each is more conservative than the other ahead of a pivotal primary election here Tuesday. With polls showing the two running neck-and-neck in Michigan, Mr. Santorum was playing heavily on his working-class roots while Mr. Romney again tried to dispel conservatives’ concerns about his time as governor of Massachusetts. LINK

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