Ron Brownstein column

— Here’s a nice synopsis of where the parties stand (In the Political Party Ring, It’s Fearless Frodo vs. Pathetic Piggy)

It’s not as tangible an asset as money or good poll numbers. But for a political party, confidence–in its message, its ideas, even its mission–is usually a critical ingredient of success in an election year. Right now, the confidence gap may be the biggest difference between the parties. Just over seven months before the midterm elections, Republicans are swaggering. Democrats look lost.

There you have it.

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