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October 27th, 2011
04:21 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:

– The Perry camp is hinting Governor Perry may skip some debates. I don't blame anyone for skipping some of the debates. There are far too many and most are just designed for conflict. Compare the CNN debates to any of the other debates and you'll see the difference between substance and conflict. But if Perry skips the Heritage Foundation/AEI debate in November, I think it is game over for him. It is too soon for him to drop out of debates.

– Rep. Paul Ryan gave a strong speech at the Heritage Foundation about the President's class warfare rhetoric. He did well and his speech suggests the GOP will fight back and not just tuck their tail.

– It must be one of the biggest and most pressing issues in America today. The Senate Minority Leader has decided to use his political capital to intervene and get Louisville into the Big Twelve instead of West Virginia. That has prompted West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller to get involved on West Virginia's behalf. Amazing that there are no more pressing issues in the Senate right now.

Mario Solis-March: Senior Editor of Mario Solis-Marich:

– Overstated: Oakland's mayor is under fire for a gross misuse of police power against local occupy protestors, weren't any of the Democratic mayors involved in grassroots movements prior to running for office?

– Understated the GOP elite is now hoping the Romney will beat out the pack and become the nominee now that cain has flopped under the spotlight, look for a low GOP turnout in November.

– Misstated: Marco Rubio has imploded and given an excuse for GOP’ers to dump him, it turns out his parents were privileged jet setters and not the oppressed political refugees he cast them as, no wonder Rubio is callous and cold towards the dream students: He has no affinity with them.

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  1. Becky Byrd

    A guest suggested that the President could give tax breaks to investors to encourage them to buy up foreclosed properties. Isn't there a way to help folks stay in their homes instead and keep these families off the streets? One foreclosed house sold for $60,000, when the mortgage was $240,000. I'll bet the original owner could have afforded that!! Makes no sense to me...

    October 27, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  2. Audrey Maitland

    American guns have been a huge problem in Canada for years with no concern from the American gov'tand no action .Until the NRA, Republicans and the American people wake up and realize the gun laws are inadequate and just plain stupid nothing will change for Mexico or Canada.Many citizens from both countries have died as a result and will continue to die.This sudden Republican concern is disingenuious at best.All this appears very convient especially when these people have no intention of addressing the root cause of this tragedy.

    October 27, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  3. afrommi

    Of course Republican candidates do not want televised debates or maybe no debates at all. Why should they want the American constituency to know what they stand for? Or why would they want to be questioned by well versed journalist and the American people? They said it takes time away from campaigning. I know for a fact that debates ARE PART OF THE CAMPAIGN. I think that they are afraid. They are yellow chickens. With a chick and a chick there ....Repubs are getting yellow.

    October 27, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
    • Manal

      1 (Democrats)+1 (Independents)+1 (Republicans) = 3. A majority is ndeeed to win the Presidency! (2 of 3)1 (Democrats) = Does not equal the majority.1 (Republicans) = Does not equal the majority.1 (Independents) = Does not equal the majority.1 (Democrats)+1 (Republicans) = 2. Not gonna happen in a million years.1 (Democrats)+1 (Independents) = 2. Majority.1 (Republicans)+1 (Independents) = 2. Majority.The Independents are the key and the solution to the 2012 Presidential Race. Independents are moderates. (From both the Democratic and Republican parties)Conservatives had better get their head out off their ??? (where the sun doesn't shine) and smell the roses. Compromise a little and the sway for the Independents will come. Without them, Republicans are TOAST. We live in a country of 320 million people. Does one really believe that true conservatism , in today's society, is going to gain converts (Independents) over night? Yea, right! (while holding my thumb and forefinger together, pressed against my lips, and inhaling)Beating Obama in 2012 with true conservatism ain't going to happen in a trillion years. Never. Republicans keep pressing as far to the right as they can push. Blinded by the fact, the more right they push, the further away from winning the nomination in 2012 it becomes. But most on the right are unwilling (stubborn as they are) to compromise politically, to their own demise. Why do the Republicans continue to try and make someone bend to their ideology? (namely, Mitt Romney) Why haven't they produced one of their own ? Republicans need to get over their holier than thou attitude, get over their haughtiness and their pius character. Use your brains for once. You need to rally behind someone who attracts more of the Independents in the GOP field than any other, that is, if you want to beat Obama. If you are not willing to change a smidgen, then I can do nothing for you, but hand Obama to you on a silver platter.

      March 22, 2012 at 11:59 am |
  4. Greg

    I'm a long time fan and enjoy your reporting. But I dislike how you avoid Ron Paul in all of your reporting! You don't have to like him lime you do Rick perry, but at least aknowledge the man is in the race.

    October 27, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
  5. afrommi

    No, congress is not working at all not even softly.The issue is jobs, not abortion. The issue is jobs not what food are they trying today, or what team will win or football.
    Yes, is 9% approval and it is because those are really deaf and blind and some are really brainwashed. I think those 9% are probably families and close friends of the congress, tweeter followers. I know they could not be the intelligent informed voters.

    October 27, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  6. Ken Cameron

    John, you showed 119 days at $174,000. What about all of the other perks they get (living expenses, FULL medical, retirement, +, +, +). Their "compensation" is far higher than $174k. The percentage of those perks is FAR higher than the average American's "perks". I would like to see a performance based comp for politicians. Come up with metrics for the health of our country and the politicians get paid a BASE (say $50k), plus incentives based on those metrics. Of course, based on current performance, they would have to pay to stay in their jobs. Maybe that's how we can reduce the deficit. 🙂

    October 27, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  7. afrommi

    The view of Republicans in the abortion issue, that a woman does not have the right to her body, is draconian and it is not really pro-life. They are just showing that they do not want abortions to be paid by the state. It a woman want to have an abortion she should have it after being counseled.

    To learn whether an embryo is what God called a human being we have to go to Genesis. It says that God created the MAN AND THE WOMAN. He did not create an embryo and called it life. He created a full man and a full woman with gender and a purpose. Of course there will be some who will want to make themselves better than God.

    The other part of the Bible that talks about killing another human being is found in Genesis again when Cain Killed Abel. God knew what was going to happen and even though HE loved Abel dearly, HE as a supreme lover of life, LET IT HAPPEN. He did not stop it. I ask, are we bigger and better than God. Can we stop the sin of man and make our world perfect? Or are we being pretentious, thinking that we could have stop Cain from killing Abel? Are we God that we can stop a woman from using her free will.

    Then, there is the knowledge that God did not get between man and his property. A woman and her child were the man's property and the Bible sets a price when an unborn child is killed. But that price was set by THE MAN AS OWNER OF BOTH WOMAN AND UNBORN CHILD. Life is important to God, but he gave life to two fully grown human beings. And God saw that those who were going to make a difference in the world ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, HE PROTECTED. Those with a purpose HE protected. EX: David, was to become and ancestor of Jesus, so HE protected in the womb.

    When Jesus came, HE did not speak about the laws of the ancients. He fulfilled it. But HE set an example for us to follow if we are to become part of HIS kingdom. Mathew 25:31-46

    And the biggest commandment is to share the knowledge freely and the other to "love your neighbor as yourself". He did not speak about abortion but HE made the love of neighbor a personal thing when HE said "DO (remember DO) unto others what you want them to do to you". Personal action, we are not to stop anyone from doing or from exercising their free will unless you are defending yourself.

    Now, Jesus did spoke about the poor. And THOSE WHO RULE MUST KEEP THAT IN MIND, that is a command that will define our standing. For HIM or against HIM.

    October 27, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
  8. afrommi

    Yesterday, there was a section on MSNBC and now I cannot remember. I think it was during THE LAST WORD with Lawrence O'Donnell. A short video was shown, a pastor saying the Democrat were the ones the were racist and that they brainwashed the African American community into becoming Democrats. Although that notion undermine the intelligent decision of those Americans I would like again put my views to all: We all deserve the opportunity to change and some of us took it and some did not, and some change to the party who perpetuated the racism and segregation in the south.

    There was once a man who was a persecutor of Christians. His name was Paul of Tarsus. He persecuted Christians and It is said that he was present during the killing of Phillip.

    One day during a trip to Damascus, while persecuting Christians which was his job, he had the biggest experience of his life. He encountered a Resurected Jesus who said to him, “Paul, why are you persecuting me”. It was this experience that changed his life and thelives of those whom touched from that day forward.

    Some have said, that in the past, it was Democrats who were in the KKK, and that were for segregation. Somehow, the Democratic Party changed. What made them changed? Maybe the fact that their study of history and the study of those who died for the right of those made a bigger mark on them. And they changed. You may say they repented and then they changed.

    Right now they are the only ones fighting for the rights of those who cannot fight for themselves. They have joined the ranks of Dr. Martin Luther King and President Kennedy.

    Now, Democrats are the ones who do not go hunting in place with a derrogative name. They are the ones where you can find real activists who are fighting for equality and fairness not only for their party but for all Americans.

    Back during the early Christians, they forgave Paul, much like Jesus forgave those who put HIM to death.

    Some changed for the better, but if before the Republicans were for civil rights they changed for the worst because the segregation went on even now in some of the GOP controlled southern states.

    Haley Barbour have persecuted blacks for ever, and even now he has an eminent domain case that show he is not for the people but for big oil.

    So for those who changed for the better, we as Jesus and the early Christians did we forgive. But what about those who have changed for the worst and it took publicity to show the name of that hunting ground with the name of N****'s Head. And right now the Republican party is not the party of love, equality and civil rights.

    October 27, 2011 at 7:03 pm |