The retirement of Barney Frank not only removes a powerful advocate for the Democratic point of view but also signals a wariness about the party's chances of regaining the House and holding the Senate.
And so it is that I will come to TV tonight hoping to see one of the few anchors who has the stature and the credibility to call out Gingrich on his phony game of pounding the press by telling moderators how "stupid" (one of his favorite words) or "wrong" (another) their questions are take this compromised candidate on.
Mitt Romney may be cultivating the air of the inevitable candidate, but Newt Gingrich is vaulting to the top of the polls by giving GOP primary voters the promise of what they really want: someone to stick it to President Obama.
As we wheel into a big week TV and politics with the first GOP debate to include Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday and President Obama's long overdue jobs plan on Thursday, a couple of small observations demand to be made.