Fareed Zakaria on the End of Conservatism. (As excellent as Zakaria is, why must all articles begin with "The End of"? Why can't someone write an article entitled "The End of Articles that
Announce the End of Something.")
Interesting piece on the somewhat random events that have led to Obama holding his senate seat (and Clinton not holding it). See also this previous post.
Finally, an excellent op-ed on why Obama's "Present" votes in the Illinois Senate were actually significnt. It seems that for a law to pass, it has to have a majority of all senators, not just of those voting "Aye" and "Nay." As a result, Obama's "Present" were actually partly "Nay" votes, giving them far more teeth than he's been given credit for in the past.