After one year in office, President Obama has yet to deliver his first State of the Union address, but his approval ratings are on the decline. This week, three Democrats made headlines by deciding not to stand for re-election, provoking reports that the party's in big trouble. But even more Republicans are dropping out, the GOP's short of money, and Chairman Michael Steele says his party's "not ready" to seize control on Capitol Hill. We look at the prospects for this year's mid-term elections. Will they determine whether President Obama finally succeeds or fails? Will the Democrats lose control on Capitol Hill? Should Republicans and Democrats appeal to their most ideological voters or move to the center?
This Year's Mid-Term Elections: Which Party Will Party?
Ron Brownstein - Atlantic / CNN - @RonBrownstein, E.J. Dionne - Brookings Institution / Washington Post - @EJDionne, David Sirota - International Business Times - @davidsirota, Kristen Soltis Anderson - Washington Examiner / Echelon Insights - @KSoltisAnderson, Brian Faughnan - Writer, Redstate.com