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)