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.
Happy Wednesday. Tonight we will air some of an exclusive CNN conversation with Wael Ghonim, the Google executive who, like it or not, has become the face of the Egyptian pro-democracy forces. Among the things Ghonim told CNN’s Ivan Watson: “I don’t agree with (the) Muslim Brotherhood movement. I don’t agree with their ideologies. But whoever these are they are Egyptians. These are good Egyptians. They participated. I would say 10 percent to 15 percent of the people (who) are there. They are just like Egyptians, they are honest and nice. They are not as bad and evil as they are trying to tell us.” Here at home, President Obama is having lunch with the top three House Republicans, part of the post-election “getting to know you” effort. Every ounce of understanding, and goodwill if any can be generated, will come in handy as we head into major debates over spending cuts and keeping the government running. On to today’s observations from Erick and Jane: Jane sees great irony comparing the administration’s requests for Egypt to end its emergency laws while asking Congress to extend some of the new powers created in the US after 9/11. Erick’s first two highlight seething internal GOP tensions on the eve of the annual CPAC gathering. As you can see, some of this divide is about issues – gay rights among them – and some is just plain personal. Enjoy your day. – John King
RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:
– CPAC is coming. Look for more talk about GOProud, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Grover Norquist.
– Speaking of Grover Norquist, he is calling noted conservatives and conservative groups like Jim DeMint and the Heritage Foundation "losers" for sitting out CPAC. Jack Abramoff's pay to plaything might not want to call others losers.
– A new Baylor poll suggests the typical narrative about evangelicals is wrong. Younger evangelicals are actually turning more conservative than their parents.
Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher: