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:
– The Romney jobs numbers are starting to trickle out and we know now why Romney is focusing on his private sector experience instead of his time as Governor of Massachusetts. Romney created as many jobs in four years as Michael Dukakis created in each of his years as Governor of Massachusetts. So, let's pay not attention to that – or something like that.
– The fallout continues over Rick Perry bailing on the DeMint forum to get home to Texas due to the wildfires. Yesterday's fires were the most destructive single day of fires in Texas history with more homes destroyed in one day than at any other time. Perry was in Bastrop at the heart of the fires shortly after landing. His rivals are attacking him for missing the DeMint event, but I'm detecting blowback already on that point. It is less than presidential looking to attack a governor dealing with a natural disaster of epic proportion.
– As Barack Obama gets ready to unveil his jobs plan, Mitt Romney is going to do the same and capitalize on the President's lack of new ideas. At the same time, there is one man without a job in America today of note — Ed Rollins. He is stepping back from the Bachmann race saying he is too old for it. At the same time, he's saying the race is a Romney vs. Perry race with Bachmann in third. I'd agree. And Bachmann's numbers are steadily, but slowly declining. These five debates will be interesting.
Senior Political Columnist for TheDailyBeast.com John Avlon:
– Obama's Falling Poll Numbers – Tough new poll numbers for the President – new lows in approval and under water even with under-30s. The only two bright spots – 62% approve of his approach to terrorism and 70% say they like him personally – but POTUS is well below where Reagan and Clinton were at this point.
– Jobs Speech at Joint Session – All eyes on the jobs speech Thursday, with a premium on big new ideas with bipartisan appeal – especially a public-private infrastructure bank. The big question is whether even GOP ideas like cutting the corporate tax or overall tax form will gain Republican support – or is opposition to Obama their priority at all costs. If so, they'll open themselves to Obama's 'Give em Hell Barry' campaign script – trying to focus voter anger on GOP hyper-partisanship. But jobs and the economy can't wait for a election cycle, so here's hoping they wake up to the need to find some common ground.
– GOP Debate – Romney's issuing a hundred-plus page jobs plan in advance of the President’s speech, Bachmann's lost Ed Rollins and Perry is schooling up for his first debate with a bull’s-eye on his back while battling wildfires at home. This is the first real week of the GOP race.
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