Ups and downs

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivers remarks during the second day of CPAC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)  (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

UP: Legislative deals.

DOWN: Government shutdown.

UP: Speaker of the House John Boehner.

DOWN: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.)

UP: Negotiating.

DOWN: Preconditions.

UP: Challenging GOP incumbents from the center.

DOWN: Challenging GOP incumbents from the right.

UP: Grover Norquist.

DOWN: FreedomWorks.

UP: Realism.

DOWN: Political theater.

UP: Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).

DOWN: Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah).

UP: “The establishment.”

DOWN: Fighting for the sake of fighting.

UP: Obamacare polling.

DOWN: GOP polling.

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.
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