(CNN) - Hillary Clinton's office had nothing to say this past week as GOP Sen. Rand Paul escalated his attacks on Bill Clinton's character and newly discovered diaries of a dear old friend offered glimpses of an angry and vengeful Mrs. Clinton during her husband's presidency.
But don’t for a second believe that no direct response means no response.
Thursday, as schools were closed and events were canceled from Georgia to New England, Clinton went ahead with an event featuring her daughter, Chelsea, and Melinda Gates to spotlight global efforts to help women and girls.
No mention of the Diane Blair papers. No mention of Paul's salvos.
Instead, Clinton explained what we shall call the Roosevelt Rule.
"One of the best pieces of advice I've ever heard is from Eleanor Roosevelt in the 1920s who said that women in politics or public roles should grow skin like a rhinoceros," Clinton said. "I think there's some truth to that."
Judgment Day - A jury of his peers: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has ignored calls from newspapers back home and a few predictable conservative critics who say he should step down as chairman of the Republican Governors Association because of what we now shorthand as Bridgegate.
He says he can handle the important 2014 political job while dealing with investigations he says will clear him of any wrongdoing.
So far, it's a mixed verdict. The Christie fund-raising numbers are good; some candidates, though, are shying away from public appearances.
But CNN’s Peter Hamby smartly notes an important test in the coming week: Christie meets with fellow GOP governors who are members of the RGA leadership. Some don't like him, others see him as a potential 2016 rivals.
But, in any event, it is a true jury of his peers and if Christie emerges from the meetings in good shape it will give him at least a bit of a boost.
Judgment Day 2: A jury of his skeptics: Maeve Reston makes an important point this week: while Christie's overall poll numbers are down of late, his standing among core conservatives is actually up a bit.
And the timing is golden: Christie in early March addresses the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. He wasn’t invited last year - many at this gathering of the social and economic right see Christie as more moderate than conservative.
He says the record proves otherwise. In any event, it is a great chance for Christie to make some converts. Conservative distrust of the mainstream media has created some sympathy in an audience, that as Maeve puts it, politely I might add, "has been very cool to him."
Retribution: Planet C-SPAN vs. Planet Netflix: “House of Cards” is a fictional portrayal of hardball politics. Retribution in the real world doesn’t involve body bags.
No, in the C-SPAN - not Netflix - universe, talk of retribution centers on primary challenges, committee assignments or fund-raising droughts. But one of the new rules of politics is the old rules don’t always apply, so it's a less predictable environment.
Speaker John Boehner and Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, for example, no doubt would like to send a little payback to the tea party and other conservative members who have given them fits, most recently in the debt ceiling debate
As Robert Costa points out on “Inside Politics” this week, McConnell is "furious" at Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for forcing a 60-vote threshold to raise the debt ceiling.
What can or will McConnell do? Worth watching.
First, though, see if the GOP base in key presidential primary and caucus states celebrates or frowns at Cruz for putting his Senate leader in such a bind. Cruz is off to Iowa in March and New Hampshire in April.
Also watch to see if the restless right can follow through: conservatives like Red State's Erick Erickson urge primary challenges against any Republican who helped the debt measure get to the President's desk.
It's tough talk. But just talk unless conservatives at the grassroots level go to the polls and deliver punishment.
Call It the 'Deal Effect': There's snow three days away, prepare for your governor to declare a state of emergency.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal acknowledges a lousy state response to a snowstorm a few weeks back. Since then, Republicans say his poll standing has tanked and, while it is only February, they are worried not only about the 2014 governor's race but that it could hurt GOP chances in a critical Senate race there.
Again, way too soon to tell but worth watching.
But worth watching now is how other governors get the message: A week or so after the Georgia debacle, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback declared a state of emergency and shut things down well before the first snowflake.
And this past week, no fewer than eight governors issued emergency decrees well before the storms crossed their borders. If you think your governor got it right, Georgia's embattled chief executive might deserve a bit of the credit.