Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington.
Good day. The vice president heads back to Captol Hill today, this time looking to win over House Democrats who think the president got his hat handeed to him in the tax cut talks with Republicans. The Democratic family feud has exposed the raw liberal angst that is out in the open now over taxes but traces back to health care and GITMO and adding troops in Afghanistan. Republicans love to label President Obama a far far lefty – but the far left does NOT see him as one of them. On to the bullet points: Serendipity or shock? As in Erick and Jane, right and left, begin with the same point about the tax cut deal and the prospect for a “bipartisan” filibuster. Jane’s No. 3 takes you to a laundry list of the left’s suspicions about the next chapter here in Washington, and Erick’s final point is an interesting marker as House Republicans deal – with their base watching closely – with preparing for their governing challenge. Enjoy the day. –John King
RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:
-Bernie Sanders of the left and Jim DeMint of the right agree on one thing — the tax compromise should be filibustered.
-Mr. Obama calls the GOP "hostage takers." If the American people are hostages and the GOP the hostage takers, does that make him a failed hostage rescuer?
-The House GOP has chosen Hal Rogers (R-KY) for Appropriations Chair and Fred Upton (R-KY) as Energy & Commerce Chair. Conservatives are really angry today.
Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher: