Romney Wins Florida. Advantage: Obama

Despite Mitt's win, the GOP slugfest continues as the president prepares for the general election.

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And the president hasn't lost his feel for social media. On Monday he fielded questions on jobs, veterans affairs and education from young people in a live-streamed Q&A session seen on the Google+ social networking site, YouTube and the White House blog.

Meanwhile, Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said the DNC and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee were grooming "a class of candidates" in various state races, many of them set to contest the Tea Party congressional candidates who won in 2010.

As much as anything else, the protracted Republican saga gives Team Obama time -- to build staff in hotly contested states, to continue outreach to Latino Americans (a demographic Obama won in 2008 and still successfully courts), to further delineate what distinguishes Democrats from Republicans, to sharpen the policy differences between the president and his rivals. "We're going to use these primaries as an organizing tool, and get ready to run the most dynamic grassroots residential campaign in history," Wasserman Schultz told MSNBC.

While the Republicans wrangle over the style of the musical chairs they're sitting in, President Obama seems to have started the fall campaign early, with executive actions and campaign addresses that seek to emphasize the practical over the political, while at the same time shoring up relations with a restless, pre-Occupied base. 

He's not on cruise control to re-election; unlike his challengers, Obama is subject to the relentless demands of the job they want. But while the GOP candidates debate who among them is fit for the presidency, President Obama is smartly doubling down on what he does best: being the leader the rest of them wannabe.

Michael E. Ross is a regular contributor to The Root and the author of American Bandwidth, on the Obama campaign and presidency. He blogs on politics and national affairs at Short Sharp Shock.

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