1. ENERGY POLICY
Stage is set for compromise, but who will play the roles of deal broker, hero and villain?
President Obama and Republicans have repeatedly highlighted energy as an area where compromise and progress can be found over the next two years after the tumultuous and partisan midterm elections. But the prospects for any progress will land squarely on the shoulders of a few Democratic and Republican senators who can successfully negotiate and woo allies from the other party. But who will step up? Who has the political incentive to fill the leading and supporting roles on energy and environmental policy to overcome the fallback position of gridlock?