By: Michael Barone
The National Review
Is it panic time at Obama headquarters in Chicago? You might get that impression from watching events — and the polls — over the past few weeks.
In matchups against Mitt Romney, the president is leading by only 47 to 45 percent in the Real Clear Politics average of recent polls. A CBS/New York Times panel-back poll, in which interviewers call respondents to a previous survey, showed Romney leading 46 to 43 percent — and leading among women.
That’s despite the Democrats’ charge that Republicans are waging a “war on women” by opposing requirements that all health-insurance policies provide free contraceptives. Evidently that’s not the only issue on the minds of American women.
Or consider the clumsiness of Obama’s announcement a week ago that after “evolving” he is now in favor of same-sex marriage.
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