The best political development in 2011 was the Solyndra bankruptcy. More than a run-of-the-mill scandal, it drew attention to the inherent corruption of federal corporate welfare and the particular folly of dumping money into economically dubious green-energy business models.

The worst political development was the explosion of Republican primary debates, which turned the process into a ludicrous, Dancing with the Stars–style competition. This is no way to identify the best candidate — much less the best future president.

What I’m looking forward to in 2012 is the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare in the spring, which — for better or worse — will significantly and permanently impact political and policy debates.

Carrie Lukas is the managing director of the Independent Women's Forum.  Read the rest of NRO's symposium here.