Following years during which they did everything possible to attack the president, congressional Republicans launched an attack on the IRS. The media cheerfully picked up on one-sided tales of IRS abuse.
Political pundits seem to agree that the past couple of weeks haven't been kind to the Obama administration.
The preident laid out confidently - at times defiantly - a list of policy choices anathema to Republicans who tried to block every piece of progressive legislation during his first term.
Is the era of right-wing ascendancy over? I would argue that it is a bit premature to reach that conclusion.
Sometimes the quotes are bad because they are stupid, sometimes because they are wicked, and sometimes because they are just incomprehensible.
In the early aftermath of World War II, the Truman administration was hell bent on reversing U.S. foreign policy from wartime cooperation to unrestrained hostility.
The media is absorbed now with trying to decide how close President Obama and House Republicans are to a deal that would avoid the "fiscal cliff" at the end of the year.
No one has a crystal ball to predict the exact course of the next four years. But it is useful to start with what we actually know.
Billy Koehler died on March 7, 2009, for lack of health insurance. Mitt Romney said on Oct. 10, 2012, that's impossible.
That about sums up Mitt Romney's performance in Wednesday night's debate.