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August 30th, 2011
01:37 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

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.

Senior Political Columnist for TheDailyBeast.com John Avlon:

– Perry on Top – It's not a blip or a bounce – Rick Perry has emerged with a commanding double-digit lead over former de facto front-runner Mitt Romney. Expect Mitt to drop his above the fray approach and go on offense against Perry. First real test of new tactics will be September 7th and 12th debates – high stakes, real-time action.

– Will She or Won't She – Sarah Palin remains a factor in this campaign, with all eyes turning to her September 3rd speech at a Tea Party Rally in Iowa. Two possible options would be pivotal. If Palin suddenly gets in the race – not an impossibility – she should dig into both Bachmann and Perry's poll numbers as the share the same Tea-Vangelist base, benefitting Romney. If she endorses Rick Perry – also a rumored possibility – it would be a decisive blow to Romney and put Perry in pole position.

– Dick Cheney's Memoir – Don't believe the hype about "heads exploding," but Cheney's memoir has revived the old divisions and debates in the Bush administration – Dick and Rummy vs. Colin and Condi. I think the Powell Doctrine is going to look better and better in the eyes of history. The Bush Administration can take credit for keeping America safe after 9/11 but they need to take responsibility for Iraq – and Cheney is at the heart of both strategic approaches – for better or worse, a master of navigating DC bureaucracy.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– There's a brewing story that may be a controversy or non-controversy, but still seems like a story. Did Barack Obama fly his buses around? Several media outlets have picked it up that instead of driving on the campaign buses from one stop to the next, Barack Obama and the buses flew to the stops. Surely this can't be so? But even regular news outlets are starting to question what happened.

– Barack Obama's nominee for the head of the Council of Economic Advisors once wrote that extending unemployment benefits kept unemployment high. Whenever I've said this, liberals have roundly criticized me. But now an Obama appointee has written an academic paper proving it to be the case.

– Mitt Romney is prepping his attacks on Rick Perry. The case will largely be made that Perry had nothing to do with job creation in Texas and is a career politician. The Perry counter? Romney would be a career politician had he not kept losing.

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  1. Merry Bindner

    Regarding the President Using His Own Buses! Why the HECK NOT? .Where is the' Legitimate Doubt' of His Making This Choice? He is After All, PRESIDENT of the "UNITED STATES of AMERICA!"! Obama's "Own" Buses Are MOST Certainly the *MOST PREPARED*-(such as> **SECURE!**" So For SECURITY REASONS..(end)❤ Love+Peace Always,Candymom+

    August 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  2. scott

    How can we allow Gloria(on John King USA) 8/30/11 to blatently disrespect the Commander and Chief by not calling him President? It seems as though a lot of people in American media personalities don't seem to think that his title needs to be used consistantly when talking about him. This just shows the outward contempt that a lot of Americans have for our current President. We need to check ourselves because we have no problem saying Pres. Bush, Pres. Clinton consistantly.

    .By the way it interesting that some ignorant Americans would think that Pres. Obama could turn around in 2 yrs. what took 8 years to create.

    This is a reality check.

    August 30, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
  3. brendan havel

    of course we need a 3rd political party to join in the election, i.e. "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" with a 15 trillion debt that would be necessary as we witness the downfall

    August 31, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  4. Jim Thomas

    Put Bachman and Palin on the same ticket and they will walk away with the next election.They cannot do any worse job than what we have had for the last 20 years.Jim Thomas Phx.Az.

    August 31, 2011 at 7:03 pm |