Noticing more and more focus, in the states and nationally, on the post-Census impact of the midterms: big regional shifts in power as some states gain and others lose House seats. We tend to obsess about congressional balance of power. But who wins in races for governor and state legislatures determines who wins the decennial redistricting war. On to the bullet points: Not the first time Erick and Jane see eye to eye, relatively, in judging the Obama political operation. Speaks volumes about unrest on the left. I lived through a lot of Dick Morris in a decade-plus covering Bill Clinton. His aides used to say one brilliant idea for every couple dozen wacky thoughts. I won't factor his numbers when I crunch the consensus projections from strategists deeply involved in this year's campaigns. Enjoy the day. -John King
Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington:
RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:
- Like a desperate nation sending children off to war, the Democrats' fallback strategy is now to motivate students to get out the vote. Just like sending kids to war, this too is a sure sign of collapse for the Democrats.
- Remember all those terror alerts during election years of the Bush administration and how the left always screamed that they were trumped up to gin up Republican voters? Lots of terror alerts going on right now. None of us on the right are thinking anything other than doesn't sound good. The terrorists are up to something.
- Former Clinton strategist and pollster Dick Morris thinks the Democrats will lose more than 72 seats in the House and lose the Senate. He also thought 2008 would be between Condoleeza Rice and Hillary Clinton. Let's not set expectations too high.
Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:
-Obama beats up base for being sick of getting beaten up. Tea party ideological purity good, progressive ideological purity bad.
-As political and economic teams abandon ship, where's the plan for jobs and recovery?