Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington:
Take a peek at the lead bullet point from both Jane and Erick below and you get a good sense of President Obama’s challenge – and frustration – heading into the final seven weeks of the midterm election campaign: On both the left and the right there are complaints about the president’s handling of the economy. Janes’ second point is another key factor in the left’s frustration with Obama legal and anti-terror policies – they don’t see enough of a break from the Bush administration. And in Erick’s last point, what I will call the “what goes around comes around” dynamic of our base-driven politics today. To wit, the left that helped President Obama and the Democrats to their big wins in 2006 and 2008 isn’t happy with a lot of what it is getting in return. And now, even as the grassroots right lifts GOP chances in the midterms, already you see worries that the “prize” of winning will be more power to GOP leaders many on the right don’t trust much. - John King
RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:
- Even the President doesn't like to talk about his stimulus bill as a stimulus bill.
- The White House is trumpeting 750,000 jobs created this year. In May of 2000, the White House said 750,000 would be created by August of 2009.
- What is the greatest fear of Republicans around the country? That John Boehner is already measuring drapes in Pelosi's office.
Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:
- President's big economic speech forgets to include an actual jobs creation program.
- America's elite worry about burning the Quran, but torture and keeping crimes state secrets? Well, not so much.
- Church accounting books may be added to the Quran bonfire in Gainesville: Terry Jones’ Real Estate Buying Spree Started 27 Days After Mortgaging Dove World Property.