Goodbye, Michael Steele

Perhaps the most one can say for RNC chairman Michael Steele, who looks set to lose his post, is that he didn't prevent the GOP from reclaiming the House. His biggest event seems to have been going on an extended "Fire Pelosi Bus Tour," which he chronicled on his rather leaden blog.

The Kuwaiti Model

Much discussion about the authoritarian and undemocratic ways of the Middle East focuses on Egypt, which is not surprising given that country's size and historical centrality in the Arab world. Recent action in the streets has instead occurred in Tunisia, where escalating demonstrations have rocked the government of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.