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March 5th, 2012
12:46 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington:

Senior Editor of MarioWire.com Mario Solis-Marich:

– Rush to Polls: Rush Limbaugh single handedly highlights one of the biggest GOP vulnerabilities – independent and moderate Republican Women voters.

– Head Rush: GOP House leadership ineffectiveness has team Pelosi celebrating as the nation’s first female Speaker readies for a comeback on the heels of a backlash from women voters as Rush is the gift that keeps on giving.

– Rush to Judgment: Radio execs are watching breathlessly as they assess the financial damage of hurricane Rush and what it means as Latino and African Americans are now not the only ones complaining about radio talk show virulence.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Back in the late 80's, early 90's, Hollywood advocates for the homeless put out a survey showing a ridiculously high number of homeless. The survey led news reports across America, shaped editorial coverage and news coverage of the issue, and led to calls for Reagan and Bush to do something. Only later did non-advocacy data come out showing the numbers were grossly inflated. In the present situation on contraception, I'm reminded of this and how social policy, unlike few other topics, really highlights liberal presuppositions in the media. The Gutmacher Institute's 99% number on birth control in one issue. Sandra Fluke's $3,000 for birth control is another. And the media seems more disposed to dealing with Sandra Fluke's testimony via Rush Limbaugh's statement than her actual claims.

– You heard it here — Romney is going to win Ohio. Santorum badly, badly played his cards. And once Romney wins Ohio, he'll be the nominee, despite more losses in the South. His path to victory resembles more and more Michael Dukakis's path to victory in 1988. Lot of good that did him.

-Big under the radar story for conservatives this week: The Export-Import Bank. It pits big business against entrepreneurs and domestic purchases against foreign sellers. It is going to be a fight.

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Filed under: 2012 • Bullet Points • Elections
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Willpowers

    The difference between Bill Maher's comments on Sara Palin or Michele Bachmann is that they are public figures and the Georgetown student is not.

    March 5, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
  2. Peter Jacobson

    How can you compare Bill Maher to Limbaugh? Maher is brilliantly funny and attacking Sarah Palin, a national laughingstock who continually puts herself out there is way different than Limbaugh's hateful attack on a student !!!

    March 5, 2012 at 6:59 pm |