• If only Rahm Emanuel could fire the president.
• Indiana governor Mitch Daniels now says he is “open” to seeking the Republican presidential nomination, a change from his previous position. Daniels has been a problem-solving, government-reforming governor, and was willing to endure temporary unpopularity while getting the state’s budget under control. In 2012 the electorate may be ready to choose competence over charisma; and in any case Daniels’s presence in the race will lend it an extra measure of seriousness and intelligence.
• Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, addressing CPAC, sketched a political and cultural map of America. “When you listen to the elites and