A Cruz vs. Rubio Fight Would Electrify Conservatives Eliana Johnson: National Review One subplot of the Republican presidential-nomination battle has been an increasingly vicious and personal contest between two first-term senators, both of Cuban descent and separated by just a few months in age.
Obama Delivers the Most Boring Speech of His Presidency John Podhoretz: New York Post Look, if Barack Obama didn't consider Barack Obama's presidency a success, who would? Of course his last State of the Union was filled with happy talk about the current condition of the United States and its limitless future.
The State of Our Union Is Not Strong Jim Geraghty: National Review A president's eighth State of the Union address is supposed to be his victory lap, a final year in the spotlight, in which he touts his achievements and then rides off into the sunset.
Can the GOP Win without Trump's Voters? Jeremy Carl: National Review The French writer Charles Péguy once said that "one must always say what one sees. Above all, which is more difficult, one must always see what one sees."
The Republican Establishment's Civil War Peggy Noonan: The Wall Street Journal What everyone's waiting for is the winnowing. New Hampshire and Iowa will force some Republican candidates out. When we know who's still in we'll have a surer sense of the contours of the race.