Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington.
Leader McConnell in the Senate gave a speech today that, if you didn't know Democrats will still hold the majority in that chamber come January, very much left the impression he is calling the shots. He isn't. But he does have a lot more power, because of GOP gains and because of serious jitters among the Democratic senators up in 2012. He's planting a marker now, and even as Democrats complain he is forgetting he is in the minority they also remember, like it or not, the remarkable discipline he exercised over the past two years. We are in the post-election feeling out period, and it is fascinating.
On to the bullets, which reflect more of that feeling:
Erick notes some important milestones for a Republican Party that for all its success could still use a big image makeover. Mr. Scott will join us on JKUSA on Friday, and we look forward to getting to know the new governors of South Carolina and New Mexico. His No. 3 is saying: the GOP wins, but there is grumbling it could have won bigger. Bigger the tent, louder the arguments! Mario also focused on what next, especially for Latino voters. His No. 3 will be a Democratic rallying cry as the GOP presses for tax cuts and health care changes. Enjoy the day. – John King
RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:
- Tim Scott, a black Republican, now represents the majority white South Carolina congressional district that fired the first shot in the Civil War.
- America elected its first two non-white female Governors on Tuesday. They are both Republican.
- Senate Republicans are blaming Jim DeMint for them not winning the Senate. Maybe they should have reconsidered the last minute $8 million to California or the last minute primary gift to Jane Norton in Colorado used to attack Ken Buck. Also, the NRSC and RNC ground game operations were a total fail. Both John Cornyn and Michael Steele should go away.
Talk Show Host and Online Editor of MyLatinoNews.com Mario Solis-Marich:
- Hallway chatter: Latino voters saved Democratic control of the US Senate and the Leader himself, will the DNC insiders remember?
- Palace chatter GOP insiders are considering Marco Rubio as the GOP VP candidate.
- Missing chatter: The beltway press corps isnâ€™t asking the emerging GOP leadership about their relationship with the corporations that spent record amounts on pro-GOP campaign ads giving enormous relief to some soon to be key committee chairs.