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September 13th, 2011
03:39 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's 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.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Last night, Michele Bachmann scored a solid hit against Rick Perry over the HPV mandate. Within 12 hours she had even Rush Limbaugh pondering if she'd jumped the shark. Bachmann, post-debate, claimed the vaccine was linked to mental retardation, which is not true. Also, despite giving the impression she'd met someone who'd been under Perry's mandate, in fact the mandate was never implemented and Texas never required the vaccine.

– Sarah Palin got in on the Perry bashing too, surprising some Perry critics. But what Palin failed to note is that under her administration in Alaska, the state took federal money to expand its HPV vaccination program.

– Barack Obama sent his jobs plan to Congress and seems intent on campaigning against the GOP for opposing it. There's just one problem. It's an open debate that the bill could get support from many Democrats in the Senate because the bill is paid for all with tax increases.

Senior Political Columnist for John Avlon:

– GOP/Tea Party Debate – Rick Perry had the bull’s-eye on his back as the new frontrunner, and though he stumbled several times, he had the audience generally on his side. But I'd say Mitt Romney won the debate on points, as he put forward a solid, substantive polished performance.

– Obama Hits Ohio for the Jobs Bill – With the news that the Jobs Bill will be paid for by tax hikes and closed loopholes, President Obama made his jobs bills' passage an even steeper climb, despite the bipartisan policy substance. But he's hitting the swing state campaign trail to make the case, appearing in John Boehner's home state of Ohio today after speaking in Eric Cantor's Virginia district the day after his speech to the joint session.

– Cheering for death – The most unsettling moment of last night's debate wasn't Ron Paul on 9/11 – it was the audience applause for the scenario Wolf Blitzer presented about whether a 30-year-old uninsured man should be helped after a catastrophic accident or allowed to die. This follows the debate last week where Rick Perry's statement that he didn't lose sleep over the 234 executions he has presided over as governor. This impulsive applause are not directly connected but they build off some of the same mental terrain and present a very different vision of America from a conservative populist perspective – pro-life in some cases, and unapologetically pro-death in others.

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  1. Gregory Bellmore

    President Obama's latest Czar says "My advice to you is to start drinking heavily,"

    September 13, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  2. Roberta

    It seems the double standard permeates America. Pro-life people cheering for the death penalty and the other side of the coin, anti-death penalty people cheering for abortions. Does this make for a number of hypocrites in the world? Yes, I believe it does. Apparently everyone one cares about their own agenda and have no problem ignoring the fact that they cannot justify the two opposite notions. So people turn a deaf ear when presented with confronting their beliefs and the unsubstantiated reasoning behind them.

    September 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  3. John Orr

    I am a long time Democrat, who did not vote for Obama or McCain in 2008 (I voted for RP). I watched the Republican Debate last night and would like to make these comments: The people who kept attacking Perry, gave him more talk time and I thought he handled it quite well, the Tea Party jumped on him about the vaccine mandate, but parents could opt out if they did not want their child to have the shot and most importantly the vaccine is working, as to SS, I am on SS and agree that it has become a ponzi scheme because my party as well as the Republican Party stole from it over the years and lastly, Perry admitted mistakes. He had the balls to admit his errors. I believe that only three of those on stage are ones that I could actually vote for in 2012. I do not think that the Tea Party is smart enough to see this and they will probably give the election to Obama. Bachmann did not have the courage to look Perry in the eye as he replied to her. She is the worst of the eight and ranks with Palin in those Republican who would loose to Obama. I would vote for a Perry over Obama/

    September 13, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
  4. Earle Belle

    Some Republicans have suggested that Ron Paul’s views on foreign policy—opposition to the Iraq War and the ongoing war in Afghanistan, believing that the CIA term “blowback” actually has merit, not wanting to police the world—makes the Congressman more suited for the Democratic Party.

    Let us take this logic even further.

    Here is just a quick list of figures on the Right, both past and present, and in no particular order, who have shared Paul’s foreign policy views in some respect as described above:

    National Review Founder William F. Buckley; The Conservative Mind author Russell Kirk; Author, pundit and Senior Advisor to Ronald Reagan Patrick J. Buchanan; Journalist Robert Novak; Economist Milton Friedman; Economist Ludwig von Mises; Columnist George Will; Republican Congressman and 1996 GOP Vice Presidential Nominee Jack Kemp; Americans for Tax Reform Founder Grover Norquist; Direct-Mail Pioneer Richard Vigurie; Human Events co-founder Felix Morley; Human Events co-founder Frank Chodorov; Regnery Publishing founder Henry Regnery; Eagle Forum Founder Phyllis Schlafly; Social conservative activist and commentator Paul Weyrich; Ideas Have Consequences author and National Review contributor Richard Weaver; Sociologist and National Review contributor Robert Nisbet; The Road to Serfdom author F.A. Hayek; Senator Robert Taft; Former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough; FOX News Judge Andrew Napolitano; Daily Caller Founder Tucker Carlson; Novelist Tom Clancy; Retired General Norman Schwarzkopf; National Security Advisor to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush Brent Scowcroft; Former House Majority Leader and FreedomWorks founder Dick Armey; Veteran and author Andrew Bacevich; The American Conservative Editor Daniel McCarthy; National Rifle Association President David Keene; Senator Rand Paul; Senator Mike Lee; Senator Tom Coburn; Republican Congressman Henry Hyde; Republican Congressman Walter Jones; Republican Congressman John Duncan; Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz; Republican Congressman Tom McClintock; Republican Congressman Jeff Flake; Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher; Former Republican Congressman Barry Goldwater, Jr.; Former Conservative Caucus Chairman Howard Phillips; Political satirist and novelist Christopher Buckley; National Review contributor John Derbyshire; The American Spectator’s Associate Editor W. James Antle III; Author Tim Carney; Columnist James Pinkerton; Cato Institute Founder Edward Crane…

    To follow their logic, according to Paul’s critics—President Obama’s foreign policy makes him more worthy of membership in the Republican Party than any of the figures listed here.

    Then again, how many of Paul’s critics are following logic?

    September 14, 2011 at 3:55 am |
  5. Lucas Bolyard

    While I must admire Bachmann's bashing of Rick Perry, I still believe the only candidate who truly believes in true economic and social liberties is Ron Paul. I find it funny that he has been preaching much of the economic beliefs that the GOP is now turning to for years, and yet they are still writing him off as a fringe candidate. I was also greatly disappointed in CNN's post-debate poll, which completely omitted the choice to vote Ron Paul (the current 3rd place candidate). I hope for a higher standard in the future polls. I must also add, the crowd at the debate was disgusting. Booing the implication that not all middle eastern nations have populations comprised of terrorists, while applauding the idea of leaving a man to die due to one poor decision on his part? Completely despicable.

    September 14, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  6. Joan

    After the President's job speech Boehner and Cantor pretended to be willing to compromise. Obviously they got an earful from the Tea Party in Congress and are now afraid to do what is recommended by the CBO, top economists and anyone with a brain. It will be interesting to see who is really running the Republican party. During the debt ceiling debate Boehner was just a figurehead. He was a puppet with the Tea Party pulling the strings. Let's see if he has developed a backbone. I hope the President holds strong and won't sign a bill with no tax increases. Then it will show the American people who really cares about them. Also, if the super committee doesn't have any tax increases it should fail and then there will be lots of unpleasant cuts. What a disgrace the Congress has become. Some democracy!

    September 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm |