President Obama takes charge

It is a great week for the president and a terrible week for the Republicans running against him. The president addressed the nation to wage his fight for American jobs for American workers, while the Republican candidates called each other vulture, influence-peddler, and liar.

The president's call for American jobs hit the spot, while the commander in chief who ordered the demise of Osama bin Laden gave the command, with Defense Secretary Panetta, for a heroic rescue mission that succeeded bravely and brilliantly.

The president was the big winner after the GOP debate and the State of the Union.

The other big winner was Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, chosen by Republican leaders to give the reply to the president's speech, to position Daniels as a potential compromise candidate as the GOP contenders in the weakest presidential field in memory tear each other apart.

As to what Newt Gingrich says about Mitt Romney, and what Mitt Romney says about Newt Gingrich, I agree with both of them.

Who looked worse this week? Speaker Boehner, who sat behind the president looking like he had eaten 10 pounds of spinach, who would strain to applaud even if President Obama had read the New Testament and the Declaration of Independence, or the hapless Rick Santorum, who lacked the moral decency to challenge a delusional GOP questioner who said President Obama is a confirmed Muslim?