Wounded by their losses on healthcare, Republicans have gone on the offensive after the Christmas attack, amplifying partisanship by criticizing President Obama's national-security credentials.
Turnout of Obama voters at the New Jersey and Virginia governors' races next week will hold a clue to the 2010 midterms, said Rep. Chris Van Hollen at a Monitor breakfast.
Healthcare forums evoked anger, but there was constructive dialogue, too.
His national address Tuesday was part acknowledgment of the grave economic challenges, part pep talk.
The delegate math still favors Obama despite her better than 2-to-1 victory Tuesday.
Obama, Clinton should tone down rhetoric, says Van Hollen, head of the party's congressional campaign committee.