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Jim Vandehei, Jonathan Martin, and Mike Allen team up to report on Republican pessimism about 2008. Candidate recruitment looks bad, fundraising looks bad, and, of course, the poll numbers look bad. It’s hard for me to know whether one should put more weight on this big set of macro-trends that all seem to favor the Democrats and the inconvenient truth that head-to-head presidential polling gives the GOP persistent leads and the Democrats seem determined to nominate a woman whom half the country says they won’t consider voting for.

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