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 and TGIF. It is a very consequential Friday in Washington. The president, fresh from rolling the liberals in his own party, signs the big tax cut compromise into law. Everyone gets a tax cut now, and everyone should prepare their arguments for the deficit debate that will spring up in the spring, if not sooner (So, maybe in the State of the Union Address.) If the tax cut deal is a defeat for the left, it looks like there will be a big victory on DADT; the Senate count is above the 60 needed to pass the measure that already cleared the House. A big deal.
On to the bullet points: Erick begins with a jab at the liberal angst over extending the Bush tax cuts the left has spent nearly a decade vowing to repeal. His No. 2 is a sober take on the new Afghanistan review. All the more sobering because itâ€™s hard to rebut. And Erick ends with a reminder of a big, big, big fight to come. Jane begins with an interesting take on how, in the view of many on the left, the DADT victory, assuming it comes Saturday, will be due more to persistence on the Hill than any all-out push by the White House. Two and three from Jane advance the divide over Wikileaks, and whether transparency trumps secrecy. Not to mention whether the military is protecting the rights, and dignity, of its Wiki suspect. This debate will stretch into the new year, too. Enjoy the day, and your weekend. –John King
RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:
– Democrats vote to renew what they'd been calling the failed economic policies of George Bush.
– There are no real answers for dealing with Afghanistan. Status quo will continue.
– Conservatives are gearing up to draw lines in the sand over raising the debt ceiling.
Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher: