The Starting Five
1. Indiana Gov. and potential 2012 contender Mitch Daniels
(R) also delivered his State of the State address Tuesday night. Daniels provided little insight into whether he'll run in 2012, choosing instead of focus
2. Pres. Obama
's re-election campaign will formally kick off
as soon as this month, and fundraising will begin in March or April.
3. The swearing in ceremonies last weekend appear to have caused a bump in Congress' approval rating. Gallup reports
that it is now up to a still dismal 20 percent. Republicans saw the biggest boost, going from a 7 percent approval to 22 percent. (Note: The poll was conducted the same weekend as the Arizona shootings, but Gallup reports that the shootings don't appear to have influenced the poll.)
4. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
(R), who won the Iowa caucuses last time around, would start the 2012 race with a considerable lead in the state, according to Public Policy Polling.
5. The Hotline's Reid Wilson reflects
on his relationship with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords