From one perspective, things look great for President Barack Obama’s reelection. He is unchallenged for his party’s nomination, and his liberal base overwhelmingly approves of his job performance. Why wouldn’t it?
He is already raising large amounts of money, and his handlers confidently predict his final war chest will approach $1 billion. (Remember campaign finance reform?) As almost every poll shows, he decisively defeats all potential Republican challengers in current matchups. From this limited tactical viewpoint, he looks strong for reelection.
But look a little deeper from a strategic perspective, and you see how desperate his situation is. Consider these numbers: four, nine, 10 and three.