Can you believe a week has passed? Don't tell anyone but yours truly is enjoying a short break from (not totally work free), but back Wednesday. On to the bullets: Erick and John both zero in on key GOP challenges: will spending restraints include perks like earmarks? And will oversight be welcome and responsible, or slide into partisan witch hunts? Both excellent markers as we await Washington's new world order. China/India/Asia are growing more important by the minute, and john's pointing out the stakes of the president's trip is wise. And maybe next Wednesday we will have all those outstanding races settled! 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:
-The big fight for the GOP right now will be earmarks. Expect the House GOP to ban them and the Senate GOP to load up on them.
-Nancy Pelosi will stay on has Democrat leader. It is a great day.
-I thought only those violent "fringe" tea party activists called for violent revolution against the United States. Well, MSNBC — the network that makes tea party meetings look diverse — has joined the game, giving sympathetic air time to Ted Rall's call for revolution.
Senior Political Columnist for TheDailyBeast.com John Avlon:
-President’s Asia Trip a Success – It’s not going to compensate for the epic shellacking last week, but President Obama is back putting the focus on the presidency with a substantive and stylistic geo-strategic success in India, strengthening what might be our key alliance of the 21st century.
-9 House Races Still Undecided – I know we can’t wait to talk about 2012, but Election 2010 still isn’t over yet. Nine congressional races across the nation from NY-1 to CA-20, plus the Alaska senate race between Murkowski and Miller, are still waiting for the winner to be declared. And Illinois is playing games with the certification of GOP Senator elect-Mark Kirk’s win, which looks like it will delay his participation in a lame duck session of congress until the end of November.
-The GOP House Committee Chairman – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The Good: Got to love Ron Paul having oversight of the Fed. The Bad: Joe “apologize to BP” Barton to chair House Energy Committee – how was this not a negative ad before the election? The Ugly: Darryl Issa is already promising “one or two hearings” per week investigating the Obama administration – did the GOP learn nothing from the 1998 election?
-With Keith Olbermann coming back from his long-weekend/suspension, Jon Stewart answered his rally's liberal critics by announcing a new rally: “The Rally To Determine Precisely The Percentage Of Blame To Be Doled Out To The Left And The Right For Our Problems Because We All Know The Only Thing That Matters Is that The Other Guys Are Worse Than We Are And/Or Fear.”