Gov. John Hickenlooper’s polling numbers may not be what they once were, but he’s still a genius at getting approval from the national press, whether it’s from George Will or (now) Maureen Dowd. Dowd came to town to see how Hickenlooper is handing the whole pot thing. It seems, via Dowd, he’s handling it OK. If you want to talk good press, try this paragraph (which is about Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet) from her column: “The pair of Democrats, who ambled into politics late, seem as if they wandered out of a Frank Capra movie; they have the sort of innocent, zany charm that you rarely see in a profession that stamps out spontaneity.”
Everything you wanted to know about Hick and pot and, uh, celibacy. Via Maureen Dowd in New York Times.
The New Yorker weighs in on possible Super Bowl bets. For instance, it’s 2-1 someone at your party calls it the Stoner Bowl.
It took years for the farm bill to finally get to the point where it might become law. It’s still got pork. It still cut food stamps. Is it a good idea or a bad one? Molly Ball at the Atlantic says it shows that maybe Congress isn’t quite so dysfunctional after all.
The Washington Post, in an editorial, says the bill is so bad that Obama must veto it.
Wendy Davis explains her life story, and her kids come to her defense. Via the New York Times.
What will Republicans do this year on immigration reform? We might get a big clue on Thursday, says the National Journal.
Not news: The post-Romney GOP correction is not going so well. A new PPP poll of Republican Party primary voters found that Mike Huckabee’s “uncle sugar” comments — the latest from the how-not-to-speak-to/about-women file — have rocketed him to top choice. The most favorable political figure among the primary voters, however, is the one-year part-time governor of Alaska who became a Fox News pundit and reality TV star, Sarah Palin.