Who and what are gaining traction — or aren’t?
UP: No votes on Syria.
DOWN: President Obama’s rhetorical powers.
UP: Secretary of State John Kerry’s standing with serious foreign policy gurus.
DOWN: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s standing with serious foreign policy gurus.
UP: Bipartisan agreement on foreign policy.
DOWN: Bipartisan support for President Obama’s foreign policy.
UP: Memorable comments by Syria resolution opponents.
DOWN: Respectability of anti-resolution arguments (“al-Qaeda’s air force”).
UP: Democratic internationalism.
DOWN: Republican internationalism.
UP: Consensus that Obama should have acted against Syria without Congress.
DOWN: Prospects for House passage of Syria resolution.
UP: Iran’s confidence after watching Obama on Syria.
DOWN: Non-jihadi Syrian rebels’ confidence after watching Obama on Syria.
UP: Chance Syria will leave the president’s domestic agenda in tatters.
DOWN: Chances for immigration reform passing this fall.
UP: Mitt Romney’s take on Russia.
DOWN: Hillary Clinton’s take on Russia.