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1. I can appreciate Mitch Daniels choosing his family over his country and all. But his timing gives him the appearance of being a tease. Mainstream Republicans were embracing him as the only hope, libertarians were relieved that they were going to get one of their own, and the Tea Partiers were tentatively on the board. Now it appears there’s no one. Romney can’t win. Pawlenty couldn’t possibly beat Obama or suddenly become more than he really his. Herman Cain (is his name) is sounding better than the rest, but come on . . . Newt’s mouth has reduced his small chance to microscopic (thank God). So . . . ?

2. If you were to teach a kind of capstone course featuring synoptic books by legendary American teachers of political science, what would you include . . . ?

3. Here’s my thoughts on why AMERICAN IDOL is finishing country strong.

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