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October 5th, 2011
03:03 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.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– What exactly is the Obama strategy at this point? The class warfare argument alienates white collar workers. The scheduling conference calls with Senate Democrats and then not showing up alienates Senate Democrats. Making Eric Cantor the face of the problem when no one in American knows who Eric Cantor is puts few, if any, points on the board. At some point it looks like desperation.

– Rick Perry's reputation as a fundraiser is in tact. He raised $17 million in 49 days, an impressive haul. And his last debate performance did not impact his fundraising. The daily average actually went up after that debate according to the campaign.

– Is Palin getting in? September 30th was her self-declared "drop dead date", but now her lawyers are rumored to be looking at early states. A lot of people think Republican pundits don't like Sarah Palin. That's not actually true. It's just many of us are so annoyed by the cult of personality that has sprung up around Palin that it is hard to get excited about any further mobilization of these people. Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

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  1. Bayousara

    John, when your guests call our new health care program "Obama Care," I would appreciate it if you would say, "That is called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." It is NOT called "Obama Care." Maybe we should call Medicare by the name of the president who signed it.

    October 5, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  2. Jane

    It is so nice to now see the media be concerned about "experience" before becoming President, as when they reference Herman Cain.
    Where was all that concern about lack of experience when we had a community organizer/state senator running in 2008?
    Of course, we do see what a disaster Mr. Obama's lack of experience has been for this country.

    October 5, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  3. Jane

    Not to mention demonizing Eric Cantor and Republicans about the jobs bill, when his fellow Democrats in the Senate are not even bringing the bill up for a vote.
    This President has shown himself to be the Great Divider since he took office.

    October 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  4. farrah

    it's a 20% sales tax (federal & state) for cain's plan. at least tell the truth about that john king.

    October 5, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  5. Ed Hartman

    Speaking of the bipartisan committee addressing the debt, Senator Patty Murray recalls that when she and her brother got into a dispute as children, her mother would put them into a room together and make them stay there until they had settled their differences. Something like this, says Senator Murray, is what is going on with Republicans and Democrats on the committee.

    John King sarcastically thanks Senator Murray for acknowledging that members of Congress are behaving like children.

    Perhaps Mr. King is familiar with a figure of speech called analogy? The items cited in an analogy are always similar to the original in some respects and not in others. There is no reason to believe that Senator Murray is acknowledging that members of Congress are as immature as she and her brother were.

    More important, it is tiresome to hear the frequent expressions of moral superiority that today’s journalists offer us. If Mr. King believes that he is a better person than the typical member of Congress, perhaps he ought to get himself elected so that he can put his relative excellence into practice.

    I do not mean to overpraise politicians as a class, but it is at least possible that their job is harder than it looks. And it may be that they are as good as we voters deserve.

    October 5, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  6. Chuck

    Religion and Politics. Whatever happened to division of Religion and State.
    When President Kennedy was running the same attitude was happening when his Catholic faith was made an issue. Yet he was one of the best Presidents we had.
    And the churches wonder why some of us do not believe in organized Religion.... God, Jesus yes but organized Religion I can do without!!!

    Has Rev. Jeffress ever been to a Mormon Church or any other Church beside his own?

    October 8, 2011 at 4:04 pm |