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:
– Last night, Michele Bachmann scored a solid hit against Rick Perry over the HPV mandate. Within 12 hours she had even Rush Limbaugh pondering if she'd jumped the shark. Bachmann, post-debate, claimed the vaccine was linked to mental retardation, which is not true. Also, despite giving the impression she'd met someone who'd been under Perry's mandate, in fact the mandate was never implemented and Texas never required the vaccine.
– Sarah Palin got in on the Perry bashing too, surprising some Perry critics. But what Palin failed to note is that under her administration in Alaska, the state took federal money to expand its HPV vaccination program.
– Barack Obama sent his jobs plan to Congress and seems intent on campaigning against the GOP for opposing it. There's just one problem. It's an open debate that the bill could get support from many Democrats in the Senate because the bill is paid for all with tax increases.
Senior Political Columnist for TheDailyBeast.com John Avlon:
– GOP/Tea Party Debate – Rick Perry had the bull’s-eye on his back as the new frontrunner, and though he stumbled several times, he had the audience generally on his side. But I'd say Mitt Romney won the debate on points, as he put forward a solid, substantive polished performance.
– Obama Hits Ohio for the Jobs Bill – With the news that the Jobs Bill will be paid for by tax hikes and closed loopholes, President Obama made his jobs bills' passage an even steeper climb, despite the bipartisan policy substance. But he's hitting the swing state campaign trail to make the case, appearing in John Boehner's home state of Ohio today after speaking in Eric Cantor's Virginia district the day after his speech to the joint session.
– Cheering for death – The most unsettling moment of last night's debate wasn't Ron Paul on 9/11 – it was the audience applause for the scenario Wolf Blitzer presented about whether a 30-year-old uninsured man should be helped after a catastrophic accident or allowed to die. This follows the debate last week where Rick Perry's statement that he didn't lose sleep over the 234 executions he has presided over as governor. This impulsive applause are not directly connected but they build off some of the same mental terrain and present a very different vision of America from a conservative populist perspective – pro-life in some cases, and unapologetically pro-death in others.
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