Shields and Brooks: Growing Federal Deficit a Political Hot Potato

BY Hari Sreenivasan  February 5, 2010 at 7:10 PM EDT

Just like one of the December visits to The Rundown by Mark Shields and David Brooks, the Mid-Atlantic again finds itself in the crosshairs of a massive winter storm.

In the latest installment of The Rundown with Mark and David, the columnists examine the other storms brewing in Washington: one over the ballooning federal deficit and the potential political troubles if Democrats fail to pass health care reform — their signature domestic issue — ahead of the fall elections.