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January 5th, 2012
01:54 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:

– And the winner is: The deep red states have their candidate in Rick Santorum! Red state Rick!

– The biggest loser: A scandal surrounding Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin is sure to cause a major distraction for the embattled governor as he faces a recall.

– It’s a tie: ICE admits it deported another U.S. citizen which emphasizes a Latino voter dilemma – is it worse to vote for somebody who says they will deport everyone or to vote for someone who actually does?

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Newt Gingrich has released a new ad hitting Mitt Romney. It sets the perfect tone for Gingrich. It does not savage Mitt Romney, but hits him hard on the weakness he has with the base — timidity.

– Rick Perry isn't out, but can he make it? I would suggest he is going to have to clean house and do a very public reboot to show South Carolina he gets it and is serious. Even then he'll have to depend a bit on Santorum not being able to withstand media scrutiny and Gingrich/Romney going Gephardt/Dean.

– Speaking of Santorum, he was on John King USA last night and defended earmarks with a "Jim DeMint did it too" strategy. The campaign seems to think that South Carolina disagrees with DeMint, largely because of the South Carolina Ports situation. DeMint may be willing to test the theory with a public rebuke, at which point I'm guessing Santorum will realize he is wrong.

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  1. Tom

    You are as guilty of "spinning" things as are politicians....Ok, there is no question at all about what Santorum said...another conservative liar as they all must become as their hate emerges...and it always does...
    but...why did you post "23% of food stamp recipients are black"...that is a meaningless should be the" % of blacks"who are on them...Now, if I can guess, Black people are about 25% of the total population, which means about 90% of them are on food stamps...this would more accurately display what Santorum was addressing, but more importantly, the precipice black culture is at in becoming, if not already there, a true and permanent "3rd world" species in this country....and the incredible need there is to break this psychology of living off of others...we will surely fail if we allow this , and fail to address in our schools etc the true failure of the culture itself...for this has nothing to do with is all about different than the issue of "white trash" culture.....
    why are Republicans so against birth control and education???
    they sow the seeds of our ruin with their own hypocrisy and hate..

    January 5, 2012 at 7:37 pm |