WASHINGTON -- It's Iowa minus one month, and barring yet another resurrection, or something of similar improbability, it's Mitt Romney versus Newt Gingrich. In a match race, here's the scorecard:
WASHINGTON -- In 2008, the slogan was Yes We Can. For 2011-12, it's We Cant Wait. What happened in between? Candidate Obama, the vessel into which myriad dreams were poured, met the reality of governance.
WASHINGTON -- The 2011 off-year elections are a warning to Republicans. The 2010 party is over. 2012 will be a struggle.
WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama was a principled opponent of the Iraq War from its beginning. But when he became president in January 2009, he was handed a war that was won.
WASHINGTON -- You've got your Mexican standoff, your Russian roulette, your Chinese water torture. And now, your Libyan crossfire. That's when a pistol is applied to the head and a bullet crosses from one temple to the other.
WASHINGTON -- What do you do if you can't run on your record -- on 9 percent unemployment, stagnant growth and ruinous deficits as far as the eye can see?
WASHINGTON -- While diplomatically inconvenient for the Western powers, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas attempt to get the U.N. to unilaterally declare a Palestinian state has elicited widespread sympathy.
WASHINGTON -- The Great Social Security Debate, Proposition 1: Of course it's a Ponzi scheme.
WASHINGTON -- President Obama is demanding a big long-term budget deal. He won't sign anything less, he warns, asking, "If not now, when?"