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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Isaac Wood
After being entirely shut out of New England in 2008, House Republicans are making the traditionally liberal region competitive this year — so much so that liberal icon Rep. Barney Frank is facing his strongest challenge in years and had to call former President Bill Clinton in to stump for him on the campaign trail.
The caution of appearing overconfident comes despite polls released this week showing voters think Republicans are more fit to handle most of the country's pressing issues and that the GOP holds an "unprecedented" lead over Democrats in a new Gallup Poll.
"Pawlenty has an opening to become the widely acceptable alternative to Romney, but the 'charisma challenge' can be a stiff one in presidential politics," said Isaac Wood, of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics.
"The more women and minorities in top positions within the Democratic Party, the starker the contrast with Republicans, who seem poised to nominate yet another white male for president in 2012," Mr. Wood said.