Politics as usual
It's back to politics as we know it now, after the heady crazed participation-fest of Iowa and New Hampshire. In those states the presidential madness took over and everyone enjoyed it, or pretended to. Even a woman taking the money at a toll booth had the time and interest to discuss the state of the race.
Here in depressed Michigan, it is much more difficult to find the campaign amid the grim reality of daily life. Even the snow seems less, well, cheerful; it's the powdery sort that goes up your trousers but isn't thick enough to have any fun with.
Saw John McCain today and asked him if his insistence on banging on about issues like climate change might put off Republican voters. "My friend, there are worse things than losing," he replied. I think he means it.
Meanwhile, it is unusual to see anything very nice being written about Mitt Romney - at least by those not attached to his staff - but this is interesting.