Dana Milbank in The Washington Post on Santorum's disorganized last day Rick Santorum announced from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on Tuesday that he will end his presidential campaign. "Santorum's once-fiery presidential bid went out like a candle Tuesday here in his home state. His campaign, always a shoestring operation, lacked the finances and organization to keep pace with Romney for the Republican nomination. The campaign spent its final day in typical disarray," writes Milbank. He documents the campaign's organizational hiccups through the day, and the anger of supporters who showed up to non-existent events. Speaking from a makeshift event in a hotel, Santorum compared himself to Lincoln, who also once went to Gettysburg to address the nation. "Yes, Santorum, like Lincoln, spoke at Gettysburg. But it's a safe bet that the world will little note nor long remember Santorum's version."
Jonathan Fenby in The New York Times on Bo Xilai's dismissal The dismissal of a regional Communist party leader Bo Xilai and his wife's arrest have grabbed huge headlines in China as intra-party rifts become apparent. "But the Bo affair is, essentially, a sideshow, a distraction from the essential challenges facing China under its changing leadership," writes Fenby. He lists the many huge obstacles China faces, including demographic shifts, increasing unrest, and a lacking foreign policy. Bo's dismissal may unite the party leaders, but talk of reform is in the air and will soon be confronted, he argues. "How this process evolves will determine whether China finds a new future for itself or gets caught in the fallout of its own success."