There’s a new Gallup survey out showing that Republicans have retaken an advantage over Democrats in questions about the party trusted most to manage the economy and protect national security. Be sure to see if those touting these number as a sign of Republican resurgence note that the GOP’s numbers haven’t changed since last year; those of Democrats have simply deteriorated. That goes to show that the Obama re-election campaign probably did a better job than some thought at the time of presenting its key messages and contrasting them with those of the GOP. A rebound in that direction better start happening by early next year if Democrats are to hold their own in the midterms when turnout patterns are less positive and there is no Mitt Romney to help them out.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.