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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 MarioWire.com Mario Solis-Marich:
– Best Drama (series): Gov. Scott Walker is almost certainly going to face a recall election as Wisconsin Democrats and Independents have gathered almost 450,000 more signatures than needed to pull the embattled state leader.
– Best Independent: Political junkies are keying in on LA County where one of the most prestigious DA’s seat in the country can be had by prosecutor and political newcomer Democrat Mario Trujillo, which would make him one of the most powerful Latino elected officials in the country.
– Low Box Office: New polls show Obama and Romney neck and neck, indicating that when all is said, 2012 will be about which side can move unhappy base voters to the voting booths.
RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:
– Lots of buzz about last night's debate in the Twitterverse. Gingrich seemed to play well in South Carolina, but no one really got Romney it seems. I didn't watch it. I'm saving up for the CNN Debate on Thursday.
– The media seems to think the GOP is caught by Barack Obama's plan to realign the Executive Branch. It seems the shaping narrative is that the GOP will not do anything to help Barack Obama. But realigning the Executive Branch helps the GOP and prevents the Democrats from really saying the GOP just wants to come in as a destroyer of worlds. The Executive Branch is not sacrosanct and Barack Obama just proved it.
– Newsweek really has fallen low, hasn't it?
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