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. Barring breaking news, this is our last show before Christmas, so let me begin with a wish for a safe and family-rich holiday for all. What a remarkable week in Washington. What’s fun now is the mix of clues people find as they study the lame duck session for ideas about how 2011 will shake out. Is Lindsey Graham right? As in, did Harry Reid eat the GOP’s lunch in the lame duck? Or, did the GOP get some big wins even though Democrats still had the power? One could argue that, too, by citing the extension of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, the demise of the earmark-loaded Omnibus spending bill, and trimming the price tag of the 9/11 first responders bill from $7 billion to $4 billion. Maybe both sides won some and lost some. We do know many conservatives are not happy, thinking their guys should have stalled until they have more power next year. Those in that camp won’t like a snippet from our exclusive conversation with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who tells us about a nice dinner he had recently with GOP Senator-elect and tea party favorite Rand Paul.
On to the bullet points: Erick begins with a piece of that conservative angst and a key window into one of the tensions of next year: those Tennessee senators are Lamar Alexander, a former governor and Bob Corker, a former mayor. I’d call them pragmatists – and people who like to get things done. But as you can see, Erick relays unhappiness with those who want more ideology and less compromise. Mario’s No. 2. Is another great window into another major 2011 challenge: will the Democrats disappoint Latinos again or get some of the immigration agenda to the finish line? And can some of the new GOP Latino voices perhaps change this critical political dynamic? Put it on the list for next year, but for a few days maybe just relax and enjoy the end of a volatile and consequential year in politics. –John King
RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:
– START passes. Republican activists are angry at the Senators from Tennessee.
– Parts of the South look set for a white Christmas. Blame global warming.
– Is he or isn't he? Conflicting reports on just what Stephen Spielberg and Nancy Pelosi are talking about and whether he's going to try to help re-brand the democrats.
Talk Show Host and Online Editor of MyLatinoNews.com Mario Solis-Marich:
– Santa: Leader Harry Reid and Speaker Nancy Pelosi deliver the gift of historic legislation to President Obama and make him the comeback kid.
– Elf: Obama pledges to conduct a grassroots effort on the DREAM Act before talking to the grassroots DREAM’ers; can workshop helper Clinton be put in charge of this, too?
– Grinch: Senator Tom Coburn becomes the embodiment of the anti-health care, pro-upper class at-any- expense-GOP while his colleagues run home for the holidays.