Traditional wisdom won’t hold in 2012
Harry J. Enten at The Guardian details the rules that are set to be broken in the 2012 general election.

Mitt Romney is Dorian Gray
Bob Shrum at The Week
says Mitt Romney is keeping his true face hidden.

Romney should pick a boring VP candidate
Michael Barone at the DC Examiner says Romney should forget about ticket-balancing and go with one of the party’s less exciting fiscal conservatives.

Obama is the underdog in the election
Jay Cost at The Weekly Standard says an incumbent’s likelihood for reelection is dependent on his job approval rating, which makes President Obama an underdog.


Paul Ryan spars with US bishops over budget cuts
Jonathan Easley at The Hill reports on round two of Paul Ryan against the bishops’ criticism of his budget.

Cantor’s small-business tax cut passes the House
Pete Kasperowicz and Bernie Becker at The Hill report on the House’s approval of legislation backed by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) that would cut taxes on small businesses by 20 percent.