The Century Foundation’s Michael Cohen says 2012 actually could be the most important presidential election ever. (Politico)

But Cato’s Gene Healy writes, “Yet, try as I might, I can’t convince myself that the 2012 election is a “hinge of history,” and it’s “game over” for liberty unless he’s defeated. If Obama wins, the fight goes on; if he loses, don’t pop the champagne corks just yet.” (Washington Examiner)

“When Barack Obama went into hibernation in December and vacationed in Hawaii, we noted that his poll numbers edged back up some. His advisers probably noticed the anomaly too: that the less the people hear and see of Obama, the more they seem to like the abstract idea of Obama — a young, charismatic postracial president. The reality of Obama is something else again: a highly partisan, divisive statist, who cannot finish a speech without blaming his predecessor, mangling history, or creating yet another straw-man bogeyman,” writes Victor Davis Hanson. (National Review)

Robert Bales was no lone gunman. (New York Daily News)

Room for Debate asks: What can consumers do to cut the carbon output that would be more effective? (New York Times)

Stability on the Korean peninsula and coping with Pyongyang have been longstanding frustrations for U.S. policymakers, says CFR’s Scott A. Snyder: