Michael Tomasky in The Daily Beast on how the GOP lost Michigan Republicans have been fighting to win Tuesday's Michigan primary, but the policy positions they've taken, specifically their opposition to the auto bailout, make Barack Obama's victory in that state's general election almost guaranteed, writes Tomasky. "[T]he idea of letting one of the country's most important industries just wither and die? This, I remember thinking at the time, was the jump-the-shark moment." He argues it reflected a cynical resistance to all federal actions and to any of Obama's priorities. Their position meshed well with the nation's attitude at the time, but now their quotes -- especially Mitt Romney's in a famous New York Times op-ed -- sound off course. "If Romney wins tomorrow, he'll stand up there all smiles and talk again about his great love for Michigan... Don't be fooled. He lost Michigan this past week, and he richly deserved to."
Mary Anastasia O'Grady in The Wall Street Journal on rethinking the drug war Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina campaigned on ramping up the drug war, but in a break with traditional patterns, he now talks about legalization and pressuring the U.S. to rethink their drug policy. "Today's most vocal proponents of a change in regional drug policy are center-right governments. Their proposals are driven by observing 40 years of failure," writes O'Grady. For now, he wants to reroute cartels by protecting borders and forcing them into other routes, and he wants to increase urban police forces to maintain government control and reduce crime. Meanwhile, the U.S. "identifies the cartels and thugs in Latin America. But 'who in the U.S. is receiving and distributing the drugs,' he asks, and why don't we ever hear about them?"