Why Democrats love GOP debates

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Ron Brownstein notes (via The Political Wire) the internal dynamic of the Republican presidential race “is, at an accelerating pace, pushing the candidates toward positions and rhetoric that may cause general election challenges.”

Two examples from last night’s debate: “The hard line on immigration (an impending hurdle with Latinos who are otherwise cooling toward President Obama); and Perry and Romney each accusing the other of wanting to eviscerate Social Security.”

“Even if Perry wins the battle in a primary among GOP voters who don’t blanche at calling Social Security a ‘Ponzi scheme,’ Romney is laying down arguments on the issue that could hurt Perry as the nominee. It won’t be easy for Obama to regain the ground he has lost among white seniors against any Republican, but the combination of Republicans questioning the legality of Social Security and endorsing the House GOP plan to convert Medicare into a voucher-like program may give him a better chance than he could ever have hoped for. More broadly, the tea party is a powerful force in the GOP, but it has substantially lost ground with the country overall since the debt ceiling debacle — and the debate was a reminder of how strong a magnetic pull the movement will nonetheless exert on the Republican field this year.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.