Every day we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation inside and outside Washington.
Good day and it is an interesting one. Cairo is more calm, but just as uncertain. Most organizers of the protests stand by their demand that President Mubarak must go before any meaningful dialogue can begin. But the government appears convinced it can make some concessions and, at least for now, hold fast in its view that the president should be allowed to serve out the remaining months of his term. Here in Washington, it was Détente Day between President Obama and the Chamber of Commerce. Remember when the Chamber was spending more than $30 million in the 2010 campaign – most of it helping Republicans – and the White House raised the specter that some of that money came from foreign sources? Well today the president was politely received in a speech at Chamber headquarters. Liberals didn’t like it, but the White House calculation is that war with corporate America won’t help a president who needs to get the unemployment rate down as much as possible heading into next year – his re-election campaign year. Erick and Mario are our Monday contributors. Erick notes the internal GOP tension over spending cuts, and his No. 2 is a poke at the internal conservative movement tensions over the big CPAC event, too. Mario sees irony in the Reagan Centennial celebration. And he obviously liked the VW ad! I missed them all – and the game – flying back from the aforementioned Reagan Centennial!
Enjoy the day. – John King
Talk Show Host and Online Editor of MyLatinoNews.com Mario Solis-Marich:
– Quarterback Sneak: A non-profit organization cancels a Palin veterans event in Denver citing “personal attacks” coincidently freeing her to attend the first GOP Presidential debate in California, is the Golden State more “civil”?
– Off Sides: Reagan turns 100 as the GOP says it loves the President who granted legal status to millions of undocumented workers, raised taxes when necessary, and saw the need and the right of the Federal Government to provide health care to veterans.
– Vince Lombardi Trophy: Kudos to Volkswagen executives whose Super Bowl ad reminded America of our childhood fantasies combined with our growing frustration at a collective sense of a loss of control and convinced us that it’s all cute.
RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:
– Conservatives are revving up the fight against House Leadership over $100 billion in cuts.
– The Muslim Brotherhood and their connections to CPAC are drawing conservative fire.
– Barack Obama falls flat at the Chamber of Commerce.