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November 5th, 2010
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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.

TGIF! You know the old saying: the more things change, the more they remain the same. Well a week of dramatic change in politics ended with an unemployment report that reminded us the sluggish economy that dominated the campaign debate will carry over into Washington’s next chapter. Unemployment held steady at 9.6 percent, and while President Obama could rightly focus on another month of positive job growth, the numbers are still well below what it will take to knock the jobless rate down. That’s tough news for the millions of unemployed and underemployed Americans, and a tough challenge for what will soon be a divided government in Washington, There are many real and legitimate philosphical divides between the President and his emboldened GOP opposition. But maybe, just maybe, they can find a way to agree on a few things that will juice the jobs market just a bit. On to the bullet points: From both Erick and Jane, glimpses at the post election maneuvering and recriminations. Erick first notes a big, brewing GOP family feud over earmarks, then takes delight in the Democratic infighting. Jane takes two of her three points to push back at voices from the Democratic Party she views as hurting the cause. She may see Even Bayh’s platform as “discredited” but I’m betting she will have more issues with his replacement, GOP Sen. Dan Coats. But her frustration, with Bayh and former Obama budget chief Peter Orszag, is shared by many liberals who worry now their party will run even more for the center because of the huge GOP election gains. Enjoy the weekend. – John King

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– The House GOP says there'll be an earmarks moratorium. The Senate GOP? Not so much according to Mitch McConnell, setting off an early fight with fiscal conservatives.

– Democrats are eager to talk about a Republican 'civil war'. The Democrats can't talk about their own because they have too few people left to fight one.

– Whose to blame for the Democrats wipeout? Some Democrats are blaming Rahm Emanuel, but the irony is that his strategy of getting conservative Democrats elected in 2006 is largely what helped the Democrats take the House to begin with.

Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

– Evan Bayh, slinking offstage after democrats lose his Indiana Senate seat, wonders how to remain relevant with his $10,000,000 unspent war chest. The NYT provides him an election post-mortem forum to spout discredited "centrist" platitudes.

– Economist Peter Orszag is the latest to explain that it is necessary to destroy Social Security in order to save it.

As a sign of the times, hearings on the "scientific fraud" of global warming are expected.


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