Opening Act: Super

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) (C) talks to reporters November 21, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction has issued a statement saying ‘it will not be possible to make any bipartisan agreement available to the public before the committee’s deadline.’ (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Jake Sherman et al have a real tour de force on the supercommittee. Turns out we were doomed.

In mid-October, with just five weeks until their deadline, each side produced “wish lists” to show where they were negotiating from.

Aides were shocked with what those demands looked like.

House Republicans wanted to repeal Obama’s health care law, implement the controversial House GOP budget drafted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), save $700 billion by block granting Medicaid, cut $400 billion in mandatory spending, slash another $1.4 trillion in other health care mandatory spending, save $150 billion by slicing the federal workforce and put a $60 billion cap on tort reform.

Republicans were no more pleased to see what Democrats wanted: the president’s $447 billion jobs bill plus well over $1 trillion in new taxes.

Bob Vander Plaats says Newt Gingrich scored at the Family Leader forum.

Vander Plaats said Gingrich stood out in a focus group that moderator/pollster Frank Luntz conducted after the forum with Christian conservative women.

“Newt blew it out of the park in the focus group,” he said.

Another poll shows Newt up, and I still can’t find Republican strategists who think it’ll last.