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Stronger Economy Bolstering Democrats, O'Malley Says

O'Malley's assessment echoes the point President Obama has been making for months: Things are getting better and while quicker results would be ideal, the bottom line is the country's economic state is healing. But politics, as is often the case, comes down to more than a numbers game. A new polling memo from veteran Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg that was released on Friday shows some troubling news for Democrats: The argument that the economy is back on track polls miserably and "produced disastrous results." The findings should set off alarm bells at1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and suggest that messaging will be vital, even if key indicators show improvement in the economy. While Republicans can find some comfort in Greenberg's findings, the apart still faces its own obstacles. Every unemployment report that shows a net jobs gain puts the GOP in the uncomfortable position of not disparaging growth, but at the same time arguing that Obama's policies should not be viewed as the cause. It's not clear that's a winning argument either. Look for Democrats to continue to point to the voices of their counterparts in the opposing party as more evidence that the economy is moving forward. "Even the Republican governors are now admitting that the economy is getting better," O'Malley added.

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