Democrats encouraged about Obama in 2012

In this image taken from video and released by CBS, President Barack Obama, left, speaks with "60 Minutes" correspondent Steve Kroft at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 4, 2011. During the interview, Obama told Kroft that he decided not to release the photos taken of Osama Bin Laden after he was killed by Navy SEALS in Pakistan. (AP Photos/CBS)

December 16, 2011 2:21:28 PM PST
After a dreary summer marred by the fight over government borrowing, rank-and-file Democrats say they are growing more optimistic about President Barack Obama's political prospects in 2012. They cite his tougher, more populist tone and what they view as a chaotic primary fight among Republicans.

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