The Obama Campaign’s Attack-Ad Edge, Revealed

Last night, I had the good fortune to be part of a small gathering of reporters assembled by a quartet of top political scientists who have embarked on an effort to analyze voter opinion in the 2012 election at a level of depth and nuance beyond what we’ve managed in past years.

A centerpiece of the effort is their attempt to gauge voter response to the ads that are already crowding the airwaves in battleground states. And their initial findings go a long way toward explaining why people in Richmond and Dayton and Denver are going to be seeing so much of Mitt Romney singing “America the Beautiful.” [cont.]

Alec MacGillis, New Republic