News Item: Mitt Romney off-handedly discusses the 15% income tax rate he paid in 2011, and calls the $350,000 he made in speaking fees "not very much", playing perfectly into the hands of Obama and his populist message of "us versus the evil rich". Democrats smile at their amazing luck as this guy does pretty much everything he can to shoot himself in the foot while somehow remaining the odds-on favorite to win the GOP nomination. News Item: The ex-wife of Newt Gingrich sits for a two-hour interview with Brian Ross and ABC news, providing them with so much juicy gossip that the network may not air it right before the South Carolina primaries. Of course, no one doubts that the network would gleefully spill all the beans should Gingrich become the GOP's nominee. Democrats smile at their amazing luck as a guy who should never have even been a serious candidate shoots his entire party in the foot. News Item: The Obama campaign releases its first campaign advertisement, causing many to wonder why it's even bothering as the GOP melts down into a puddle on the sidewalk. Democrats smile at their amazing luck as their candidate and President is now likely to overcome significant vulnerabilities (including an 8%-plus unemployment rate, holy crap) to win re-election over the most motley group of "candidates" ever assembled and presented to the voting public. Obama could just as easily run a few five-second spots where he just says "hey, look at those guys over there. Vote for me." This is absolutely astonishing to watch. .