Unless Republicans repudiate Reaganite supply side (i.e., trickle down) economics -- which stands at the very heart of contemporary, Tea Party conservatism and is the only thing unifying the increasingly disparate social conservative, libertarian, and Chamber of Commerce wings -- they own this debacle.
This year, several Tea Party challengers seem to be crashing and burning early in the process. This could be very good news for the Establishment Republican wing of the party. Rather than have a candidate implode in the general election, when candidates self-destruct before the primary then they never become the nominee in the first place.
One bit of minor calendar news before we get on with it: for the next two weeks, this column will be on hiatus. Instead, it will be pre-empted by our annual awards columns where we note the notable and laud the laudable from the past year.
This Act has broad public support across the board. In fact, it is not a right or left issue but a human rights one. And I believe it will eventually get passed, just as same sex marriage will become the law of the land. It is like a fast approaching locomotive train. There is no stopping it.
The Higgs-boson may be on its way to proving that the universe is inherently unstable, but it seems to us that nothing could be as unstable as the clown car leading the Republican party.
Organizations like the Conservative Victory Fund indicate that the establishment is done playing ball with these radicals -- and that it is ready to begin the work of reclaiming the GOP from its fringe elements. And not a moment too soon.
While a lot was happening around the edges this past week, we're going to concentrate on Obama's campaign messaging. The general election is underway, and the Obama folks are busy crafting the language he's going to use to run on.
The lesson in all this is clear: The GOP played with fire, and they are getting their hands burned. They unleashed a monster they hoped to turn against Democrats, but it has turned on them first.
Did the Tea Party become, in that famous Sherlock Holmesian expression, the dog that did not bark? For the most part, yes. So what was all that barking that woke America up in the middle of the night? It was the right-wing media, and its echoes, that you heard.
A changing racial-ethnic composition in the U.S. suggests that candidates should not fear, or be uncomfortable, going into predominately racial-ethnic communities to communicate their ideas about how to fix problems.
Surely Ms. O'Donnell's handlers had to have anticipated that any interviewer worth his salt -- and Mr. Morgan is as salty as they get -- would pursue the juiciest subjects.
To all those Republicans lamenting the Bachmann imagery, I have to say: "Wait a minute. You started this." When Sarah Palin strode on the convention nominating stage with her tight skirt and traditional values, the fellas on the right said "We're on to something here."
Why am I so obsessed with American politics in the first place? Does it really matter, or does interest in politics merely occupy the same part of the brain that used to handle starting line-ups, batting averages and RBI's?
From an admitted madam running for Governor, to a wrestling mogul trying to body-slam her way into the U. S. Senate, 2010 may just go down in history as a year with some of the wackiest candidates ever.
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