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Mitt Romney

Another look at a savvy loser

- The Washington Times

Mitt Romney would defeat Barack Obama if they were matched again today. One or two polls say so. But they're not matched today and a poll like that is only for a friendly conversation over a cup of coffee.

Sen. Rand Paul said former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's war record is likely to give independents and even some Democrats pause at the thought of supporting her in 2016.

No naps for the war-weary

- The Washington Times

It's a little early for the candidates of '16 to start calling each other names, but they're loosening tongues, limbering voices and auditioning invective, anyway.

Paul Ryan, inspiring Democrats

Democrats swimming in a sea turning red

- The Washington Times

Nobody reckons that election returns from Hawaii, stuck thousands of miles off the California coast in the vast reaches of the Pacific, have much to say about national political trends. Nevertheless, disappointment and disgust with the established order has reached across the waves.

Mao Zedong

Something heroic for Obama's legacy

- The Washington Times

Unless he can find something and find it quickly, Barack Obama isn't going to like his legacy. The man who once walked on water may soon find himself at the bottom of the lake.

Alexander Hamilton, the nation's first Treasury secretary, in 1792 deftly handled a financial crisis like the one of 2008.

Cooling the manufactured impeachment panic

- The Washington Times

Manufacturing a crisis is what pundits and politicians do best, and the media mills are running three shifts daily now to manufacture panic over what the Democrats want the public to think is the impending impeachment of President Obama.

Elizabeth Warren (Associated Press)

PRUDEN: The Democratic-wannabe mice under Hillary Clinton's feet

- The Washington Times

If Hillary Clinton is inevitable, why are so many mice scurrying about under her feet? Hillary is supposed to be the juggernaut of the ages, awash in money, feminist adulation and nostalgia for the security and serenity of the Clinton years, when nothing much happened beyond Bubba's Oval Office pantry.

**FILE** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada speaks July 8, 2014, to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

PRUDEN: 'Dirty Harry' Reid’s increasing eccentricity

- The Washington Times

Harry Reid is the majority bumpkin of the U.S. Senate, vying with the vice president to say weird, goofy, sometimes amusing and often embarrassing things. His Democratic colleagues typically chuckle, roll their eyes, and put it down to ol' Harry just being old Harry.

Worried Democrat

Obama and a world on fire

- The Washington Times

Incompetence breeds incompetence, and eventually the slowest-witted among us recognizes the man who not only doesn't know what he's doing but won't listen to those who do. His earnest ignorance blights everything he touches. Even yellow-dog Democrats are growling.