DAY'S END ROUNDUP

FROM THE BLOGS:

Former McCain strategist Steve Schmidt on 'Game Change': Notion of Palin being president frightens me
Schmidt called "Game Change," the new HBO movie about Sarah Palin, "very accurate," according to James Crugnale at Mediaite.

The myth of conservatives' 'Woman Problem'
Timothy P. Carney argues against the idea that "being socially conservative is a huge turnoff for female voters" at Beltway Confidential.

Rush Limbaugh losing more advertisers?
Greg Sargent writes that it's unclear whether advertisers are responding directly to the Limbaugh controversy or if all is business as usual.

Santorum's war on speechwriters
Ed Kilgore writes that "it would be very surprising if Rick Santorum has never employed the services of a speechwriter (or someone on his staff who contributes to speech copy)," at Political Animal.



OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

White House defends Obama on gas prices after poor poll numbers

With polls indicating rising concern and blame over gas prices, the Interior Department secretary defended President Obama on Monday, Andrew Restuccia reports for The Hill.

Justice blocks Texas voter ID law
The Justice Department blocked a new Texas law requiring a government ID to vote, Justin Sink reports for The Hill.