Like a football coach studying film of a coming opponent, President Barack Obama’s campaign is closely watching the Republican primaries, seeking tips on plays to run during the general election.

So what is Team Obama—and Team Romney for that matter—learning in this film session about the strengths and weaknesses of the most likely GOP nominee, Mitt Romney? The calculations that emerge now will go some distance in determining the strategies that emerge to get to the 270 electoral votes needed to win the election.