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.
RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:
– Rick Perry is in. What is initially so striking is how trained his staff already is in putting on a general election looking campaign. It will be small things like this that help him.
– Michele Bachmann won the straw poll, but she may wish she had not. It is the single greatest predictor of who will not win the Iowa Caucus, let alone get the nomination.
– Tim Pawlenty is out. Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Herman Cain may want to follow Pawlenty's example. Pawlenty was in it to win it, not to sell books or get a TV deal.
Senior Editor of MarioWire.com Mario Solis-Marich:
– Tasty Treat: Michele Bachmann wins the GOP Iowa straw poll, making the deep fried, sugar drizzled, batter dipped, whole stick of butter served at the event appear digestible to the American people.
– Artificial Sweeteners: Ron Paul abandoned his principals and called for big government interference on a woman’s right to choose in an attempt to make him more palatable to Iowa voters proving that he is just a typical cynical politician after all.
– Hard to Swallow: Barack Obama spent time with Spanish language newspapers calling on Latinos to turn on the GOP because of a lack of immigration reform as he continues to deport young Latino students in record numbers; can somebody tell him that Latino voters are beyond being played on this issue?
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