Carol Platt Liebau
Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen have a piece at Politico comprehensively cataloging and analyzing the various disadvantages -- from a terrible economy to his anti-business bias -- that President Obama will encounter on the road to re-election.

Notably, however, when weighing the President's relative strengths and weaknesses, the reporters overlooked one huge factor that will advantage the President: Media bias. UCLA political science professor Tim Groseclose has found that media bias helps Democrats by about 8-10 points in a typical election. 

What's more, count on most of the press to pull out all the stops for Barack Obama.  Not only would the left-leaning journalists see a potential Obama defeat as deplorably revelatory of America's (supposedly) inherent racism, but also, as Jim Taranto has pointed out,having President Obama labeled a failure will constitute an intolerable blow to the egos and self-images of the self-appointed (liberal elite) guardians of public information and discourse.

So no complacency, people.  Keep in mind the Groseclose study --  it means that, in effect, the GOP has to beat Obama by 9-11 points in an unbiased environment to obtain a victory in a political world still largely shaped by the denizens of the traditional, liberal media.

Carol Platt Liebau

Carol Platt Liebau is an attorney, political commentator and guest radio talk show host based near New York. Learn more about her new book, "Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Hurts Young Women (and America, Too!)" here.