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Some Good News for Romney

Along with the eye-opening, "biased" NYT/CBS News poll, there's a USA Today poll out.

Three remarkable statistics:

(1) Romney's favorable/unfavorable rating is in roughly the same neighborhood as the President's.
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(2) Romney gets stronger marks than Obama for handling the economy.

(3) About the same proportion of Republicans say they'll support Romney as Democrats who say they'll back Obama.

Oh -- and the generic congressional poll shows Republicans with a six-point lead -- a shift from the seven-point Democratic lead last August.

It's early, and all this could change.  But it's noteworthy.

So why is all this happening?  Two meta-reasons, in my view.  First, Romney seems to be actually a pretty nice guy, and voters are beginning to see it.  Second, the more the President campaigns -- and the more openly partisan he becomes -- the more he becomes a failure in voters' eyes, given his initial promises to bridge the partisan divide.  When you're out shouting and name-calling, it's tough to make the argument that the Republicans are the only reason the atmosphere in Washington is so nasty.

Finally, the press.  The press coverage of the last week -- from the WaPo anti-Romney bullying story to the cover of Newsweek with the President encircled by a rainbow halo -- reminded Americans that the MSM just isn't credible when it comes to covering the President and his opponents.  

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