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December 5th, 2011
12:08 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington:

Senior Editor of Mario Solis-Marich:

– Arizona Desert Sands: This weekend John McCain said that Arizona is up for grabs because of the GOP's botching of Latino issues. It could go from up for grabs to a Democratic slam dunk should the White House ever find a beyond the beltway Latino strategy.

– Golden State Beach Sands: A bipartisan California group, led by GOP consultant Mike Madrid, filed a ballot initiative that would give undocumented workers safe harbor and that has the added bonus of bringing in $500 million in new state tax receipts, insuring that the immigration issue will be hot in 2012.

– Quicksand: Mitt Romney continues to fall in all polls as he tries to explain the fluidity of his “convictions." Obama may end up facing nominee Gingrich who has apparently decided to run on a platform of repealing child labor laws.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Something weird is happening. Not a day goes by that I do not get emails from really to the right conservatives pondering whether Jon Huntsman might just be the gut to rally around. Huntsman? Yeah. There's something going on out there, fueled by continued doubts in Rick Perry's ability to get it together and a real fear that, given history, Newt Gingrich will implode.

– Best selling book among conservatives in the past week? Breach of Trust by Tom Coburn. The quote-sharing going on across the Internet and in email inboxes is huge. Most every conservative likes Tom Coburn. His book paints a devastating portrait of Newt Gingrich.

– Rumor is that Herman Cain will endorse Newt Gingrich. If so, this further hurts Mitt Romney. Romney's strategy has largely been to keep throwing life lines to other candidates to keep them in the race so consolidation behind one non-Romney does not happen. He's out of time with that strategy now.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Ruth

    As long as he's standing there, why don't you convince J C Watts to run for president

    December 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  2. Glenn

    I keep having to remind you journalist and the Tea Party faithful, that President Obama had to face a Republican party
    that stated and I quote, " My Main Goal Is To Make Him A One Term President", the minority leader of the senate said
    that about our national leader. The President gets no help from the congress on JOBS for the American people, no
    help on Tax cuts for the working class, even though in the past, the GOP likes to say, its the peoples money, the people know how to spend the money better than the government and we are in the holiday season. Just on the killing
    of bin Laden, President Obama deserves a second term... Had Bush been in office, when that took place, they would
    be planning a statue of Bush on the mall. Remember, Bush awarded CIA director Tenat a medal!!!

    December 5, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  3. Don Wilson

    Bravo Donald Trump for having a political debate without the bias of CNN anchors. Maybe we can get some real questions and real answers and not just a way to make news by catching a candidate messing up an answer.

    December 5, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
  4. azwi

    No Hispanic in AZ would ever vote for John (the build the dang fence) McCain. John McCain is a known racist, years ago McCain voted against the MLK Holiday knowing the bill would pass and by voting against the bill, McCain cost AZ the Super Bowl and the millions that went along with the game. McCain's voting record is not only against Hispanic but against all minorities and people of color. The minorities should be boycotting his Budweiser not voting for him. This statement is just another in the long list of John McCain's blatant pathological lies.

    December 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm |