* Is a path to a brokered convention beginning to emerge? Sean Trende charts it right through the emerging demographic and geographic divides in the GOP, and concludes it’s a real possibility.
* Tea Party chieftain Jim DeMint agrees.
* Down, down, down: Romney lowers expectations still further by predicting he’ll lose “a number of states” in the weeks ahead — and by fibbing about his 2008 margin of victory in his home state of Michigan.
* With Romney set to deliver a high-stakes address tomorrow to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Michael O'Brien previews what he’s up against.
* No end to the skittishness as Senate Democrats continue running from the White House position on contraception.
* But Senator Kirsten Gillibrand suggests the President privately reassured her that the White House won’t buckle in this fight.
* The DNC rolls out experts who testify that Romney passed an almost an identical contraception plan in Massachusetts, expanding birth control access for hundreds of thousands of women.
* Wonkblog has a nice roundup of expert reaction to the big mortgage settlement. The consensus: It’s only okay if it’s a first step towards much, much more.
* David Dayen has one question for Obama’s mortgage probe task force: “Will we put people in jail?” And he explains why that question is not just revenge-mongering; it’s about the future of the economy.
* Awesome charts of the day: Inequality documented from a whole range of angles, including this: “The 1% hasn’t controlled such a large share of the economy since the eve of the Great Depression.”
* Steve Kornacki is probably right to suggest that lack of GOP enthusiasm about Romney right now may end up getting rapidly displaced by the right’s enduring and seething Obama hatred.
* And from the department of hell freezes over: Rush Limbaugh concedes he agrees with yours truly about Romney’s vulnerabilities.