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:
– I think it is about time to focus on one key aspect of 2012 – there are more people who want someone other than Romney than who want Romney. I've got up a post at CNN.com on this very point.
– Herman Cain wins the Florida GOP straw poll. It speaks volumes about how ready the GOP base is to embrace someone not just running against Obama, but for a specific recovery plan. It is always real warning sign to Rick Perry that he better fix his problems or else.
– Speaking of Perry, a new CNN poll has him in the lead with Gingrich rising and Romney staying strong. If Perry cannot, in the next two weeks, recover from the stigma of the debate performance, he might quickly become an also run. Best way to recover from that debate? Strong fundraising numbers, which should be about in about two weeks.
Senior Editor of MarioWire.com Mario Solis-Marich:
– Politically Incorrect: Conservatives are shocked that Rick Perry thinks it would be heartless to punish immigrant children for the crimes of their parents, they prefer he use more polite language when he points out flaws in their ideology of anger.
– Philosophically Correct: Another Tea Party caused shutdown looms as Speaker Boehner fails some more, but the GOP doesn’t worry because if a Leader falls in the forest and nobody talks about it it doesn’t make a sound.
– Critical Misdirect: Over the weekend the President told African American leaders to “stop complaining” perhaps he should give his top campaign advisers the same advice.
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