(Charlie Archambault for USN&WR)
In a year when Lady Luck seemed to desert the nation's most prominent political leaders, a few found the pot of gold under the rainbow, some in big fashion. Overall, Republicans were the luckiest considering how pundits like James Carville greeted President Obama's election with predictions that the Democrats would control Washington for the next 40 years. But some Democrats escaped disaster. So for this year it's a bipartisan collection of the five luckiest politicians of 2010.