UP: Robert Gates

DOWN: Vice President Joe Biden

VP Joe Biden, former defense Secretary Robert Gates and President Obama (A.P.) Vice President Joe Biden, former defense secretary Robert Gates and President Obama (Associated Press)

UP: “Hillary Clinton is a political opportunist.”

DOWN: “Hillary Clinton is an accomplished stateswoman.”

UP: Support for Iran sanctions.

DOWN: Chances Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will convince anyone he is tough on Iran.

UP: Chances for a deal on unemployment insurance.

DOWN: Job creation.

UP: Conservative reformers.

DOWN: The shutdown squad.

UP: Sen. Mitch McConnell’s prospects for becoming majority leader.

DOWN: Sen. Harry Reid’s prospects for staying majority leader.

UP: GOP enthusiasm for gutting the filibuster.

DOWN: Democratic confidence filibuster fiddling was a good idea.

UP:  Two-hour press conferences.

DOWN: Traffic studies.

UP: Immigration reform.

DOWN: The tea party.