Super Tuesday: Could 2012 election mismanagement kill the GOP? [AM Briefing]

Two storylines ahead of Super Tuesday, says Brookings’ E.J. Dionne: ”There is, first, the Republican presidential primary fight. Rick Santorum has to win Ohio to keep his candidacy alive. A Mitt Romney triumph would, at last, turn him into the “inevitable” Republican nominee. The second narrative involves the struggle for a state that Republicans must take in November to have any chance of defeating President Obama.” (Washington Post)

Does this mean the GOP is dead? Room for Debate asks: Will the 2012 election be the last gasp of the Republican Party? (New York Times)

“After all, 50 percent will win and actually have to govern. That’s why it’s a big mistake to allow the leading bipartisan proposal for Medicare reform — the Wyden-Ryan plan — to fall victim to election-year Medagoguery,” writes Progressive Policy Institute’s Will Marshall. (Politico)

“Senator John Kerry’s recent Wall Street Journal commentary “The Conservative Case for Foreign Aid” fails on two counts: He does not make a solid case, and his argument is not conservative,” writes Heritage’s Brett Schaeffer. (National Review)

Heritage’s James Carafano: Shrunken military may prove much more costly. (Washington Examiner)

AEI’s Michael Barone remembers James Q. Wilson. (National Review)

Heather Mac Donald: NYC’s debt to James Q. Wilson. (New York Post)

What about the enemy inside the gates? “In July 2010, Shir Ahmad, an Afghan security guard at a coalition base, started making threatening comments, saying he wanted to kill US troops.

His employer, Afghan-owned Tundra Security, a subsidiary of Canadian military contractor Tundra Group, fired him and recommended he not be rehired. But according to an investigation by Rep. Howard McKeon (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Tundra officials failed to pass that recommendation up the chain of command; nor was Ahmad added to any military watch list.” The rest of the story is troubling, to say the least. (New York Post)

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He blogs and hosts a podcast at governmentality.net and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.

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