10:25 am ET

If you are looking for green shoots for Republicans at a time when many members of the Gang of 500 and the public are really down on Romney’s chances, here you go:

  • There are a few state polls showing closing in battleground states, such as Sunday’s Des Moines Register numbers.
  • Chris Christie, Paul Ryan, and others did a good job Sunday hitting on the “why would the next four years be any different than the last four?” argument.
  • The press is finally picking up on the Libya tick tock and its potential political implications.
  • I hate to even bring it up, because I find the debate expectations game so very meaningless and annoying, but Romney is on a trajectory to have won the expectations game by Wednesday.

To be sure, Chicago still has more cards up its sleeve and the better candidate — and a lead. But Romney has won or tied four news cycles in a row. Which ain’t nothing, after losing so many consecutively.

If Boston is right that what was killing Romney was the combination of the Charlotte bounce, the 47% video, and the relentless poll/process media questions, this week could see some interesting trends.

Assuming the father of five aces the debate.

Related Topics: Barack Obama, chris christie, Des Moines Register, Gang of 500, Iowa, Mark Halperin, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, 2012 Elections, Analysis, Democratic Party, Economy, Foreign Policy, News, Republican Party, Sunday Shows, The Page, White House

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