The Republican Party has now made supporting the Ryan budget its acid test for 2012. By forcing the issue in such a major way with Gingrich, the message to the rest of the Republican candidates is loud and clear: "Support the Ryan plan -- or else."
Despite Newt Gingrich's gift for self-immolation he shouldn't be dismissed as a 2010 GOP presidential candidate. He has provided the clearest statement of how Republicans will run against Obama and Democrats.
By the end of this month -- with the possible exception of Sarah Palin, who could jump in at any time she wants -- the Republican field is going to look pretty close to what it will look like on Republican primary ballots next year.
Bin Laden's death doesn't signify the checkered flag but rather a lifting of the yellow flag of caution that allows us to regain our footing and pick up the pace. Our opponent is not terrorism but the divisions between us.
Which issue matters most in a re-election campaign? The economy, stupid. But that doesn't mean the elimination of bin Laden will be irrelevant. What it does is change the perception of Obama. He has passed the commander-in-chief test.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a potential Republican presidential candidate respected for his fiscal prudence, credits his success in government to the business skills he learned as a pharmaceutical executive.
If the purpose of Fox News is to promote Republicans, the opening debate of campaign 2012 did little to advance the cause. The event was like a party all the cool kids boycotted, leaving only an assortment of nerds to whip up their own brand of fun.
If the goal is to have a message and platform that appeal to both base and swing voters, you can do no better than populist economics. And here's the other key thing: it is hard to unite them any other way.
One of the frequent refrains from Republican Party barons is that President Obama is the worst president in American history. But if that's the case, why are they all too scared to officially declare a candidacy against him?
As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome.
Because Republicans want to destroy -- just utterly destroy -- unions, Medicare and Medicaid, the progressive movement and vast majority of the Democratic Party are on the same side. And it is a great feeling.
To become the founding father of a nation, one had to challenge the status quo. From Lincoln through both World Wars, the presidents preserved the honor and tradition of America. All of those dynamics changed during the 37th presidency.
Bill Clinton's oft-quoted remark that, when choosing their candidate, "Democrats fall in love; Republicans fall in line" was a clever way to describe the nominating process for most of the last few decades. But it may be changing in 2012.
While the good news for Democrats is that Obama may be in a relatively strong position to get reelected, the bad news for progressives is he is now clearly just another Democrat with little real ability to inspire or bring about real change.