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We are in an interesting time in American politics as we head to 2012.  Both parties seem to be unimpressed with the candidates before them.  The Democrats are not enthused with Obama (click here for more evidence that Hillary! is getting the call from some within), and the Republicans are not coalescing around any Republican candidate.

Dan Balz at the WaPo has an interesting article on the GOP challenges.  The difficulty lies in persuasion.  Balz does not use that kind of language, but what he describes is the GOP that has had some great victories and frustrating defeats.  In other words, candidates must make a case to the people about a whole host of things that includes policy stances, character defenses, republicanism, virtue, etc., in order to get elected.  This reality of republican politics is a challenge not only for Republicans, but Democrats.