But it's still not too late for Romney to salvage his recently struggling campaign.
The challenges ahead facing the new GOP front-runner are daunting.
Why Republicans are optimistic and Democrats are worried.
During his jobs speech, the president offered as the alternative to his approach a collection of absurd positions suggesting the Republicans want the end of government. (Also Read: "Is Our President a Plagiarist? Here are the Facts: You Decide")
The result of the Iowa straw poll doesn't mean much, but it will hasten the departure from the race of some of the long-shot candidates. UPDATE: Pawlenty Ends White House Bid
Ultimately, the political dysfunction on display in Washington doesn't make either party look very good.
Polls are giving a slight edge to the GOP, but neither party is covering itself in glory.
A recent poll shows a surge for the congresswoman, but her ultimate fate will be determined by whether Sarah Palin decides to run.
What effect will the killing of Osama bin Laden have on the 2012 presidential election?
Findings were skewed to show better performance from countries with socialized health care systems.
Repealing ObamaCare will be a larger undertaking than most realize, and it would help if the GOP had an alternative ready to replace it.
There are 21 Democrats who could face primary challenges from the left if they support the president’s tax compromise with the Republicans.
Massive gains by the GOP from top to bottom augur well for redistricting and the 2012 presidential race.
It looks like an uphill climb for Republicans to take the necessary 10 seats to gain control of the Senate, but the probability of significant gains is still high.
The list of vulnerable House Democrats is growing while GOP chances for a takeover brighten on the Senate side.
Republican primary turnout was two or three times that of the Democrats, and the much maligned tea party movement is one big reason why.
The takeaway from yesterday is that the GOP looks like a far more diverse party this year than in prior years.
As the Democrats inch toward legislative victory, the most compelling argument seems to be that a vote for health care reform is a vote to save Obama's presidency.
Explaining a freeze on spending that isn't and trying to convince a skeptical public he has the answers on creating jobs will be the president's top priorities. (See also Michael Ledeen: "The Real State of the Union: Fear")
An early look at how the Senate races are shaping up for the November election.
Falling approval numbers for the president and Congress, as well as increasingly worrisome prospects for midterm elections, may doom the Senate bill. (Also read Roger Kimball: An Early Christmas Present, Brought to You By The Hill)
Republicans are on the upswing and the Democrats are facing a fierce anti-incumbent mood in the country.
Democrats are wrestling with the size and scope of the public option, trying to make it more palatable to moderates.