In Washington, the focus right now is on the Senate: Who will control it after the November midterm elections? But the National Governors Association winter meeting this weekend is a reminder that the outcome of this year’s gubernatorial elections will be equally important in shaping the political future.
All of a sudden, Jeb Bush is in the sweet spot.
That was not the case one year ago, when it was the ex-Florida governor's protégé, Sen. Marco Rubio, who was declared "the savior of the Republican Party" by Time magazine. Bush, in contrast, looked dated and squishy while promoting a book that backed off his past support for citizenship for illegal immigrants.
As Republicans look ahead to the 2016 presidential race, they are hoping to avoid the kind of chaotic and protracted nominating battle that dismayed party elders and damaged the eventual candidacy of Mitt Romney. That, however, could be a hard thing to prevent.
The Republican National Committee is on track to compress the party's nomination process for a presidential candidate in 2016, though Iowa and New Hampshire will still be the first states to cast votes in the process.
A recent conversation with a veteran of GOP presidential campaigns raised this question: Which, if any, of the recent battleground states are likely to become more Republican by 2016? The consensus: very few.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has tried to distance himself from the scandal over the Fort Lee traffic shutdowns and combat characterizations of him as a bully. What's the impact for Christie's political future? Gwen Ifill gets analysis from Stu Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report and Michael Scherer of Time magazine.
Gwen Ifill is moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" and co-anchor and managing editor of the "PBS NewsHour." The best-selling author of "The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama," Gwen has covered seven presidential campaigns and moderated two vice presidential debates.