Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington.
Hello and Happy Monday. An eventful pre-Christmas week here in DC; Congress – or the Senate anyway – is still at it, and the White House plans a Wednesday signing ceremony for legislation repealing the military’s ban on gay Americans from serving openly. Most of the first family is off to Hawaii for a Christmas break, but the president is waiting a couple of days to see if the Senate will, among other things, ratify the START treaty.
On to the bullets: Erick’s No. 1 is a good reason to take a look at how many Republicans voted for DREAM and DADT repeal, and then add in, for the DREAM analysis, the key Democratic defections. His No. 3 is a window into the rough emotions in these final days of Senate debate. Mario, too, makes a political point re: DREAM. But as he makes it, he also knows the Democrats who voted “no” hurt his cause. Mario’s final point tees up a hugely important discussion that begins in earnest this week when the Census Bureau tells us which states gain House seats, and which lose, because of the 2010 Census. The early predictions are a shift that benefits Republicans. Enjoy the day. –John King
Erick Erickson: RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:
– “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” is repealed. The DREAM Act dies. Are Democrats admitting that gays are a more important constituency than Hispanics?
– The FCC is about to pick a fight it probably won't win with Congressional Republicans over the obscure topic of net neutrality.
– Having passed “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” some Democrats are now resigned to seeing GOP opposition to the START treaty in response
Talk Show Host and Online Editor of MyLatinoNews.com Mario Solis-Marich:
– DREAM Students’ Problem: They are denied an up-or-down Senate vote due to a GOP filibuster – Solution: Next time, include billions in giveaways to the rich to guarantee conservative support.
– Leader Reid’s Problem: He can’t muster votes for federal budget – Solution: Remove the pork that GOP Senators put in the bill that they suddenly discovered they hate.
– Democratic Party’s Problem: Texas may acquire up to four additional Congressional seats at the expense of blue states – Solution: Actually study the Lone Star State’s demographics and realize it’s not really a problem at all.