Mitt Romney’s strategic dilemma courtesy of Rick Santorum, Romney-Obama on the cusp of defeat or victory [AM Briefing]

How Santorum boxed in Romney: “Rick Santorum’s departure from the presidential race could not come soon enough for Mitt Romney. In proving himself more tenacious than anyone predicted, Santorum dramatized one of Romney’s major problems, created another and forced the now-inevitable Republican nominee into a strategic dilemma.” writes Brooking’s E.J. Dionne. (Washington Post)

Room for Debate asks: Does Romney still need to court conservatives? (New York Times)

With Rick Santorum out, how strong is Mitt Romney? “In some quarters, it is assumed that Barack Obama will be reelected without too much difficulty. There are reports that staffers at Obama’s Chicago headquarters consider Romney’s candidacy a joke. One suspects that the adults there take a different view, for the fundamentals say that this will be a seriously contested race, with many outcomes possible. Obama’s job-approval numbers in the Real Clear Politics average of recent polls hover at 48 percent positive, 47 percent negative. That’s on the cusp between victory and defeat,” writes AEI’s Michael Barone. (National Review)

Politico’s Arena asks: Will the attack on Ann Romney backfire? CEPR’s Dean Baker answers.

Obama’s 2008 campaign promises: “Four years later, none of those promises will be themes of his 2012 reelection campaign. Gas has more than doubled in price. Billions of dollars have been wasted in insider and subsidized wind and solar projects that have produced little green energy. Unemployment rates above 8 percent appear the new norm, when 5 percent in the past was dubbed a “jobless recovery,” writes Victor Davis Hanson. (National Review)

CFR’s Amity Shlaes: Obama is right on labor’s past, wrong on jobs. (Bloomberg)

AEI’s Jim Pethokoukis: Obama’s inequality argument just utterly collapsed. (AEI)

Cato’s Michael Cannon: No Obamacare exchanges. (National Review)

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He blogs and hosts a podcast at governmentality.net and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.

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