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 President is in full campaign mode against the Republicans. Lots of folks are pointing out why the Harry Truman comparison might not work. Here is one a bit more specific. When Truman ran against the GOP, the country was full of FDR Democrats. They were more with Truman than against him. Now, the country views itself as rather conservative and sees the President as rather liberal. The country is not as with him as he thinks.
- The Cain campaign does not appear to have ground operations in several of the early states to the extent they need. But they have heavy outside involvement. There's an open question — can a campaign with a forceful personality and no real infrastructure win a nomination relying on outside groups with whom he cannot coordinate? The textbook answer is no, but the Cain camp is playing to beat conventional wisdom.
- There are rumblings on the horizon. Democrats and Republicans are both fearful of what the secret "super committee" is up to and some Democrats are starting to wonder if taking the across the board cuts might be a better deal.
Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:
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