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WASHINGTON – The substantive case against gay marriage collapsed in the Supreme Court last week.
BY ALBERT R. HUNT Bloomberg News WASHINGTON — There are striking parallels between Barack Obama’s re-election victory last week and that of George W. Bush in 2004. Both incumbents began with mediocre job-approval ratings; each had a political albatross: the Iraq war for Bush, the economy this time; and both managed to define the race and the opposition before their slow-to-react challengers could. They both narrowly won, with about the same popular vote margin, though Obama did much better in the Electoral College.
WASHINGTON — If Mitt Romney loses the Tuesday primary in Michigan, panic will set in among Republican politicians and big contributors; talk of a brokered convention or a late-entering candidate will reach a crescendo. To be sure, the Republican presidential contest could be in shambles. If Romney then loses Ohio the following week, he’s a severely — as he might put it — wounded ex-front-runner. If former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum wins these two contests, there will be fresh tension over his general-election prospects.
WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney, who as governor of Massachusetts turned to John Sasso for help in getting a health-care bill through the state legislature, may want to solicit the Democratic operative’s advice again, this time on how to handle Ron Paul.
WASHINGTON — To the victors go the spoils. Still, in the Democratic presidential contest four years ago, the losers did pretty well. Joe Biden is vice president and Hillary Clinton is secretary of state. Chris Dodd went on to be the Senate co- author of the seminal Dodd-Frank financial reform bill and now is the head of the Motion Picture Association of America (OK, let’s skip John Edwards).