1) The GOP has a big-time Senate problem: In two consecutive elections, the party had a clear shot at a majority and blew it – blew it because the party bosses in Washington have lost control over nominating contests in swing states, and seem impotent in engineering the selection of the most electable candidates.
2) Democrats have a liberal problem
3) All white, mostly male won’t cut it
4) Speed kills: … The Obama campaign heavily front-loaded its advertising, seeking to undermine Romney’s biggest credential – his track record as a businessman and turnaround artist. … ‘The early-definition strategy came from expecting that we were going to ultimately be outspent by a great deal,’ an Obama adviser said. ‘If we were going to get this contrast drawn, and the lines of the narrative drawn, we figured that money spent in May, June, and July was going to be a lot more effective in getting that across to people, than waiting until September and October, when the debates and the conventions were dominating things.’
5) Precision matters, too: Win or lose, the Obama strategy in Ohio will be a case study in the politics of precision for years to come. They told us one year ago they would go nasty and narrow and could care less if people found the approach cold and calculating. They pounded Romney early on his Bain record, to raise serious doubts about his job-creating credentials. And then they started dropping the auto-bailout bomb early, consistently and relentlessly.
6) It’s Hillary 2016
7) Ryan more powerful than ever (but for how long?)
8) Ryan v. Rubio, 2016.”