Obama campaign starting to think they might lose- Truth is hard for the Left, in fact it is their worst enemy Democrats had taken comfort for months in the Republican Partys seeming inability to get behind Mitt Romney, Obamas healthy lead in the polls, and equally healthy job growth. And for a few, fleeting, moments, Democrats thought the election might just be easy. But Republican division appears to have been merely an artifact of primary politics, and Mitt Romney has proved a consistent, if unglamorous campaigner There was this sense maybe a month or two ago that Obama was really riding high that he had gotten his base behind him and the economy was doing better and it had this Clinton vs. Bob Dole 1996 feeling that he was going to cruise, said one 2008 Obama aide who does not work for this years campaign. And now it feels like its going to be really tough a 2004 race. Indeed the campaign is shaping up to be a close-combat battle for one percent of swing voters in a few hundred precincts across three or four states Moreover, a campaign that two months ago seemed infallible has proven to be very capable of making mistakes. Obamas aides were taken aback when Vice President Joe Biden publicly backed same sex marriage and spent a week punishing him for speaking out in the press. Long preparation for attacks on Romneys time at Bain Capital, aimed at changing the narrative, nevertheless left them flat-footed when Republicans (and even a few Democrats) counter-attacked. Romney, who stumbled into the Republican nomination, scored his first tactical victory of the general election and further shored up the Republican base in the process.