Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington.
TGIF and all the more so as we close a very busy and interesting week. It’s exciting watching Rep. Gabrielle Giffords move to Houston for her longer-term rehabilitation. Saturday marks two weeks since a town hall turned took a tragic turn. It was back to business week here in DC, and two of three times the Chamber of Commerce issued statements praising President Obama. Now that’s change. Out in the real world as I like to call it, there were more and more little hints and movements to prove the 2012 Republican jockeying is shifting into the next phase. It’s been relatively quiet, at least in terms of public events and statements, but the pace of organizing is more accelerated now compared to just a few weeks ago.
On to Erick and Jane, and both begin with pokes at the president’s economic team and policies. Erick’s two points about abortion and the politics of abortion are a reminder the Roe vs. Wade anniversary is upon us, and also a reminder that while the campaign was largely about the size and scope of government, no one should be surprised – in Washington and in the states – that more conservative and Republican power means more efforts to push social issues. Jane is consistent in advocating for better treatment for Bradley Manning. And she poses an interesting question about the spending debates to come – Yes, the president has seen a bit of a rally in his poll numbers. But when the debate turns to spending cuts, and Mr. Obama is open to changes to Medicare and Social Security, the political climate could well shift again. The calculation at the White House, though, is that no matter what Mr. Obama does to annoy or anger his base, Republicans will push for deeper cuts and Mr. Obama will have a chance to present himself as in the more reasonable middle ground. That debate will be upon us soon. Enjoy the weekend, and study up for the State of the Union Address! – John King
RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:
– Jeffrey Immelt of GE is to head a new Council on Jobs for the White House. While at GE, Mr. Immelt has helped contribute to the number of unemployed in the country.
– As we head toward the anniversary of Roe v. Wade it is important to remember that there are still too many people in the country who'd be perfectly content with Kermit Gosnell's gruesomeness as long as he kept part of the kids in the birth canal.
– Rick Santorum may not be really a viable choice for President, but he was, however inartfully worded, right on life being the modern equivalent to the slavery debate of the 1800s.
Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher: