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August 18th, 2011
02:49 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's Political Bullet Points

Every day we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation inside and outside Washington.

Senior Editor of Mario Solis-Marich:

– Declaring Victory: The White House has doubled down on it’s controversial Secure Communities program, it’s top Latina adviser, Cecilia Munoz, defended the program with half-truths and accused it’s Latino critics of using “heated rhetoric,” obviously the President’s advisers feel that 2012 is a shoe in, congratulations!

– Planning Victory: D.C. GOP insiders are buzzing about a potential Perry/Rubio ticket, while the Florida State Senator has stated he was not interested in the Presidency has anybody asked Rubio recently about his vice-presidential availability?

– Stealing Victory: When is the money from “Obama’s failed stimulus program” not the money from “Obama’s failed stimulus program”? When GOP Governors use it to balance their books.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Here is the biggest danger for Rick Perry right now. In 2006, Perry defeated Carole Strayhorn for the GOP's gubernatorial nomination. In 2010, Perry defeated Kay Bailey Hutchison for the GOP nomination. In each case, Perry won against various political consultants who, should Perry get the nomination, will not make the money they would with a Romney nomination. So when you start hearing comparisons to Barry Goldwater, etc. remember that a lot of the attacks come from consultants who are deeply, deeply afraid of what will happen to their livelihood should Perry beat them again.

– But, for you Perry fans, he is not the front runner. I hate to disappoint you. Mitt Romney has a pile of cash that Rick Perry can only dream of, an army of consultants who hate Rick Perry, and higher name ID. It will take a few weeks of polling to determine if Perry is now the front runner.

– Barack Obama hobnobbed with the homeless and jobless on his campaign bus tour he is making American taxpayers fund. Then he got on Air Force One and flew to Martha's Vineyard for vacation. Oh, he has a jobs plan. Just don't ask to see the details. He won't talk about it until after he gets back from vacation. In all honesty, given Obama and this Congress's track record – and how the stock market performs better when they are all out of town – maybe instead of begging them to come back and do something we should encourage them to stay as far away from the corridors of power as possible.

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