Congress ends its work until after the election today, and it's worth taking a little time to explore the record: some significant achievements (of course controversial); some presidential promises kept, some not; and most of all a bipartisan failure to try, even just try, to be a little more bipartisan. In 33 days, you decide how much to shake up the cast for next season, or session as we call it here in Washington. Today's bullet points speak to, among other things, a very familiar theme: internal tensions in both parties. Mario is hoping the door thumps Rahm on the way out, and Erick notes grassroots love for the conservative that has many of his GOP Senate colleagues miffed: Sen. Jim DeMint. Enjoy their observations, and your 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:
-The healthcare chickens keep coming home to roost. Now McDonalds is planning to drop insurance on 30,000 employees. This was not unforeseen. It was predicted by opponents of Obamacare.
-There's lots of chatter about Matt Taibbi's piece in Rolling Stone about the Tea Party movement. In a reflection of the Gallup numbers showing little trust of the media, Taibbi's article is filled with factual errors and abuses of truth just to smear the tea party movement.
-Republican Senators are on offense against Jim DeMint. But conservative activists across the country keep siding with DeMint and are sending reinforcements
Talk Show Host and Online Editor of MyLatinoNews.com Mario Solis-Marich:
-Money Can’t Buy You Love: Sharon Angle being called out by her Hispanic campaign co-chair for her anti-Latino ad and Whitman being called out by her undocumented maid underline the structural deficits of the GOP’s Latino outreach efforts.
-Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: The biggest gain since the passage of health reform for Obama among his once fervent progressive base will occur tomorrow when Rahm Emanuel announces his departure from the White House.
-It Wasn’t Me: Boehner camp collectively sighs relief as their effort to stop a story, they claim was false, about the GOP leaders alleged lobbyist affair proves successful.