Up: Israel’s credibility in the Middle East.

Down: U.S. credibility in the Middle East.

Up: Muddling along on the budget.

Down: Sequester hysteria.

FAA furloughs delay flights (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

Up: Concern about the hyper-politicization of President Obama’s foreign policy.

Down: Faith in the second-string . . er. . .term national security team.

Up: Part-time work.

Down: If you have a job and insurance you’ve got nothing to worry about.

Up: Benghazi whistleblowers.

Down: Mainstream media insistence that there’s no Benghazi story.

Up: Republicans taking back the Senate.

Down: Hopes for a grand bargain.

Up: Dynamic scoring.

Down: Heritage’s reputation.

Up: Movies about superheroes.

Down: Movies about old terrorists.

Up: Lame duck.

Down: 2012 presidential mandate.

Up: Concern about rogue states using WMDs.

Down: “A world without nuclear weapons.”

Up: “[T]he red line that the president of the United States had written was apparently written in disappearing ink.”

Down: “As president of the United States I don’t bluff.”