Six days out and already there are lots of rumblings in both parties about what comes AFTER the next week's election. There's a good argument to be made this time and energy would be better spent on the challenge at hand, but it's a chronic constant in politics. On the GOP side, there are efforts designed to help RNC Chairman Steele to another term, and serious conversations involving very serious people about how to block that. And in the Democratic ranks, talk of who will/should be the leaders in the House and Senate, and about how deep the changes should be in the Obama political operation. On to the bullet points: Erick's notes the aforementioned internal party/movement struggles in his No. 3. As for his No. 1, there ARE more toss-ups. Who does that benefit? We'll see. Jane's No. 1 reflects just how much the anti-war sentiment that helped Democrats so much in 2006 and 2008 is a damper on liberal interest/intensity now. Amy Goodman made a similar point on the program last night. Her No. 2 reflects another worry on the left: Medicare, Social Security and perhaps other programs in the post-election crosshairs as attention turns to Washington spending and red ink. Enjoy the day!- John King
Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington.
RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:
-Professional prognosticators keep adding more and more Democrats to the "toss-up" category. Just how red will the map be at the end of next Tuesday?
-Rep. Joe Barton says there are parts of Obamacare he wants to keep. That will not help him with the base.
-Conservatives are already looking to November 3rd and what fights they need to pick with the House and Senate GOP leadership. Just how quickly conservatives can get to Tuesday's winners could seriously alter John Boehner and Mitch McConnell's plans.
Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:
-Wikileaks dump reveals that thousands more civilians were killed in Iraq than previously known. Wikileaks' founder's personality quirks are more important to US media than American war crimes.
-Catfood Commission launches a new and dangerous meme: "Maybe only the chairmen need to agree on proposals" to get ideas sent to Congress.
-Radical antichoice leaders like Randall Terry are designing GOP voter intimidation strategies using clinic blockading techniques. Will this be a free and open election?