Three top-tier GOP presidential hopefuls are likely to emerge, and neither Sarah Palin nor Donald Trump are among them.
In Indiana, Democratic state legislators are balking at the Republicans' entire agenda – not just a single bill, as was the case in Wisconsin. That has made compromise difficult.
Conservative columnist George Will takes off on Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich for their comments about President Obama's upbringing, railing against "careless, delusional, egomaniacal, spotlight-chasing" presidential candidates.
The economy appears to be heading in the right direction, albeit slowly. Add to the mix Obama’s formidable skill as a campaigner, and the 2012 presidential election might tilt his way.
Police on Sunday decided not to enforce a 4 p.m. deadline for clearing the building so it could be cleaned. Both the Wisconsin protesters and the state governor hardly appear to be backing down.
Either way, discussions about public employee compensation do need to be part of long-term budget fixes.
For Wisconsin Gov. Walker, as well as the thousands of protesters camped out at the state Capitol, the battle over public employee unions – particularly the right to bargain collectively – is fundamental, almost visceral.
US Representative Michele Bachmann (R) of Minnesota addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington on Feb. 10. The prominent tea party politician announced, on June 13 during the second GOP presidential debate of the season, that she is indeed running for president.
The suspense over Campaign 2012 heightens, as Sen. John Thune (R) of South Dakota says he will spend the next two years focusing on his current job, rather than campaigning for the Big Job.