The thing about this race is that victories don't tend to generate much momentum. And presidential nomination contests regularly feature "buyer's remorse."
None of us would want to have our job performance judged on an outcome that we don't really control. But that's where teachers now find themselves.
With a tough image, Hispanic background and Palin endorsement, this Republican gem will help make the party shine after the primary dust settles. Named "Woman of the Year" and "Prosecutor of the Year," she portrays the image of a tough and competent yet cheerful leader.
We had in succession: Trump, Bachmann, Perry, Cain, and Gingrich. Each in turn got busted by the straight primary voters or O.D.'d on self-infatuation. That left the forgotten guy in the back row who somehow had managed to stick around. Rick Santorum became the new savior.
Conventional wisdom holds that many if not most of today's 20-somethings don't care about electoral politics -- and won't be voting for president in 2012 -- because they are indifferent to the world around them.
Given Republican treachery, it's a miracle the US economy shows any life. To the extent that it does, credit Barack Obama. He's not a failed president; he's succeeded despite perfidious Republican obstruction.
The means-testing proposal is a Trojan horse. It uses anti-millionaire rhetoric to create the machinery for denying benefits to rich people, but its backers will then use that machinery against most Americans.
For all of Mitch Daniels' lofty talk about the "language of unity" and a "program of renewal that rebuilds the dream for all," it sure would have been nice to hear what he might do for women.
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Means testing has such common-sense appeal that it has even gained traction among some Democrats. That is why it is especially important that we elaborate on why it would cost more than it saves.
The media are having no problem decoding the not-so-secret message from last night. Obama wants us to know that Mitt Romney is what the president's new role model, Theodore Roosevelt, would have called a "malefactor of great wealth."
In responding to the State of the Union address, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels advocated the failed Republican policies of the past. But even more extreme than the plan he laid out last night is what he is trying to do in Indiana.
Is there a chance there will be no clear winner by August? Is there a possibility of a brokered convention? Will the party's leaders entice Mitch Daniels, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie or Paul Ryan to come to Tampa for a chance to grab the Oval Office keys? At this point, anything's possible.
There are 22 other states with right-to-work laws, most of them in the South and the West. A victory for reactionary Republicans in Indiana would represent a significant incursion of their ideology into the Northeast.