Twitter: Social media network enabled average Americans to take part in the campaign in real time — as long as they kept it under 140 characters at a time.

Latino-Americans: Helped to propel Obama to victory. Republicans ignore this growing demographic group at their own peril.

Chris Christie: New Jersey governor’s bromance with President Obama rankled Republicans but Americans love bipartisanship. Christie in 2016?

Paul Ryan: Firebrand Republican made Mitt Romney competitive in Wisconsin and performed credibly in debate. Ryan in 2016?

Bill Clinton: The Big Dog was Democrats’ best weapon, burnishing his legacy — and perhaps paving the way for another White House run by Hillary in four years.


Massachusetts: Michael Dukakis, John Kerry and now Mitt Romney. Bay State is on a presidential losing streak.

Male pols who talk about rape: Todd Akin in Missouri and Richard Mourdock in Indiana lost Senate races because of bonehead remarks that upset women.

Sarah Palin: The Mama Grizzly roared in 2008 but was a nonfactor in 2012. Are her 15 minutes of political fame over?

Woody Johnson: Billionaire Jets owner said he’d rather have a Romney victory than a Jets Super Bowl win. This year, he won’t get either.

Donald Trump: The Donald promised a “very, very big” game-changer in the election. We’re still waiting.

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