There are plenty areas of attack against Obama in 2012. These are the key ares where the president is especially vulnerable.
In a recent tea party event, Paul noted that "There are times, and I don't think it is our movement, but there are times when people are using language that shouldn't be used... I'm not saying that's our problem, I'm just saying there are people out in public who are taking away from our message and let's try not to be a part of that. ... Our message has to be a happy message, one of optimism, one of growth."
Paul is right. Conservatives - and especially tea party conservatives - do not have the luxury of a media who will cover up for them. The media is already going to lie about the things conservatives say anyway, why give them more ammo? Republicans do not get breaks. And i you think they do, google George Allen or Rush Limbaugh. The media and Democrats are waiting for any mispoken word that can be turned into a scandal and destroy a career. It;s something they are quite good at, actually. (We that as good at creating jobs or building websites!)
While many have pegged this race as "leans Democrat" it's hard not to imagine it as a solid toss-up. It wouldn't even be a big surprise to see the GOP nominee with a healthy lead by the time the election rolls around as Democrat Mark Begich simply does not have a lot in his favor. He was barely acceptable - and barely won - as the alternative to a guy who was facing Senate expulsion and was politically persecuted just days before the election. He's not only battling his opponent, but a really strong slate of Republicans in other races for Governor, Lt. Governor, and congress who are all expected to win and turn out plenty of Republican voters. Two January, 2014 polls (one Republican, one Democratic firm) average out to a 42-41% lead for the mostly unknown Sullivan and a 42-42% split with Lt Governor Mead Treadwell. That's not where one wants to be as an incumbent, against two mostly unknown candidates, in a state that almost always votes for Republican.