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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has embraced the argument that President Obama was able to pass every bit of his legislative agenda in his first two years thanks to large Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress. It's intended as a counterpoint to the President's re-election strategy of attacking the congressional GOP as do-nothing obstructionists. But it's also a revisionist history of the 111th Congress, during which McConnell more than any other Republican in Washington stood athwart Obama's agenda to great effect.

The White House has "been trying to pretend like the President just showed up yesterday, just got sworn in and started fresh," McConnell declared Sunday on CNN's State of the Union. "In fact, he's been in office for three years. He got everything he wanted from a completely compliant Congress for two of those three years... We are living in the Obama economy."

This isn't a new claim for McConnell, but it's audacious even by Washington's lax standards. It was McConnell, after all, who led Senate Republicans in serial filibusters -- a record-setting number -- successfully thwarting large chunks of Obama's agenda.

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TAMPA, FLORIDA -- Assuming Tuesday's primary vote here goes the way the polls say it will, Newt Gingrich will have to figure out a way to make good on his promise to take the primary fight all the way to the GOP convention. And he's going to have to do it fast.

Gingrich seems intent on playing this year's Hillary Clinton, refusing to let defeats and polls stop him and pushing on until the bitter end. Some conservatives have already begun to ponder the ramifications of that scenario. But they probably don't need to. Virtually nothing about Gingrich's campaign resembles Clinton's, which was able to hold on for months thanks to a huge well of money and well-built national infrastructure.

So while Gingrich backers say he can stay in due to the strength of his support among conservatives if nothing else -- and Democrats would certainly like to see the brutal primary continue -- it's difficult to see how Gingrich can make good on his promise to plague Mitt Romney until the bitter end.

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Tuesday morning, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz will hold an event at a Florida Senior Center highlighting Mitt Romney’s ties to Damon Corporation and Medicare fraud.

A little background: According to the DNC, Romney served on the board of Damon Corporation which was committing Medicare fraud by falsely billing Medicare for unnecessary blood tests. Bain Capital put $3.39 million into Damon and walked away with $7.4 million.

Tuesday’s event is scheduled for 9:45 a.m.

New numbers from ABC News and the Washington Post show that the private experience of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is view unfavorably by the general population, but favorably by Republicans. Americans generally viewed “Gingrich’s work, since leaving elective office, as a consultant for companies with an interest in federal policymaking,” unfavorably by 54 percent, against 24 percent who saw it favorably. Republicans saw it slightly positively at 44 – 40.

Romney scored much better, respectively. Americans saw his work “buying and restructuring companies before he went into politics” favorably 35 percent of the time, versus 40 percent who saw it unfavorably. Republicans were very keen on it — 58 percent see if favorably against only 24 percent who were down on it.

The Perry campaign spent $14.2 million in the last three months of 2011 while taking in just $2.9 million, but still ended up with $3.7 million on hand at the end of the year with $93,745 in debt according to financial disclosure report filed with the Federal Election Commission late Monday night.

Many of the campaign’s final 2011 expenditures came in the form of media buys during a time when Perry was suffering in the polls due to poor debate performances. Perry exited the race on Jan. 19.

With a likely loss in Florida Tuesday, Newt Gingrich is headed toward a rocky February. As if a loss of momentum weren’t enough, Nevada, with its large Mormon population, and Michigan, where Romney grew up, were always going to be tough states for Gingrich. Romney won those states in 2008. So it makes sense that Gingrich’s campaign is tamping down expectations there.

In a recent Florida poll, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney were neck and neck among male voters, but Romney was leading Gingrich by 19 points among women — contributing significantly to Romney’s growing lead in the state. In the past 3 primary contests, women voters haven’t impeded Gingrich, particularly in South Carolina. On the other hand, in national polls, Gingrich trails among women voters, meaning it’s a problem that’s unlikely to go away soon.

It seems the primary may be taking a toll on Mitt Romney’s favorability among independents. Since December, Romney’s favorability among independents has declined 13 percentage points. Debates and tough conservative rhetoric probably aren’t doing Romney any favors with this voting bloc — making it even more likely he will quickly pivot back to the center if he secures the nomination.

R.C. Hammond, Newt Gingrich’s spokesman, tweets:

“just crossed $5 million raised for January ‘12. FEC report will show about $10 million raised in the last quarter of '11.”

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