Obama inches back. Here's the latest Gallup graph on independents' preferences between Obama and a generic Republican:
That's a hell of a swing – from minus 21 to even in two months. And, remember, Obama does better against the actual Republican candidates.
It's not, in my view, because Obama is performing well as a communicator. It's because the GOP is revealing itself as unfit for governing responsibility. Once again, Obama's opponents self-destruct. Of course there's a long, long way to go, and Romney could beat Obama next year if he is the candidate and the economy dives after Europe swoons. But still: this is a pretty damning indictment of an opposition party when a president has a 9 percent unemployment rate and paltry growth. The last two months, as the GOP has put its candidates on display and as its Congressional obstructionism has deepened, have been dreadful for the Republicans. Maybe they'll learn after Tuesday's votes. But maybe they can't.