Politically, every time Barack Obama talks, it makes his opponents look two feet tall. The liveliest moment this afternoon's first press conference of 2012 came when a reporter asked President Obama what he had to say to Mitt Romney as he went into Super Tuesday. "Good luck tonight," President Obama said. The reporters laughed. "No, really," a reporter said. "Really," President Obama said. There was more laughter. Here's video:
Speaking of Super Tuesday, according to The Page, here's the order in which polls will close and caucuses will conclude tonight, west coast time:
Georgia, Vermont and Virginia all close at 4 pm.
Ohio closes at 4:30 pm.
Oklahoma and Tennessee close at 5 pm.
Massachusetts and North Dakota finish up at 6 pm.
Idaho caucuses at 6 pm.
Alaska finishes caucusing at 9 pm.
I think what we're about to see tonight is the coronation of Mitt Romney. Santorum has been losing steam for a couple weeks now—every Republican loved him until he opened his mouth and all that Santorum fell out—and Gingrich decided to shore up his home state of Georgia, which has kept him out of the national conversation for almost a month. But still, this Republican nomination process has been nothing if not unpredictable, so maybe there'll be a shocking third-act twist.