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January 17th, 2012
03:46 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:

– 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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  1. Joseph Pal

    Romney pays less of a tax rate than me. The issue is not the tax rate it is the loop holes he gets.

    I'm an Independent. I was not pleased with Romney stating in last night's debate that SS and Medicare rates would be higher for wealthier Americans. He claims Pres Obama is waging class warfare, what is he doing? Also what's wealthy?

    January 17, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
  2. Greg

    John, as you spoke with and questioned Senator DeMint about Governor Romney's tax rate and speaking income, I wondered.... do we know how much President Obama pays in taxes on his book sales income? Or how he was able to attend an Ivy League school claiming modest upbringing? How Michelle Obama was able to attend an Ivy League as a daughter of a blue collar worker?
    Please, please, try to be complete in your work. NONE of this was part of your scrutiny about then candidate Obama!

    January 17, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • Mohamed

      that Romney's refusal to rselaee his tax returns would come back to bite him big time ... and it did in the SC Primary.Romney forgot the first rule of politics ... the need to be proactive rather than reactive ... and now he is left playing catch-up politics .. never a good thing.It is not his wealth that is at issue. He could have turned his success into electoral advantage ... 'We should celebrate success. It is the American dream and give me a chance and I will make you (America) wealthy too' ... or suchlike. He has squandered that chance. He is playing the Washington outsider vs the Washington insider card and how that that will resonate remains to be seen.But I continue to be amazed that the GOP sees Romney and Gingrich as quality candidates. They are to the Republicans much like Goff was to Labour and Peters to National before be jumped/pushed.On current form I fear that Obama will win at a canter.Mike Huckerbee ... where are you?

      March 23, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
  3. Izabela

    "Your white pirvilege allows you to not have to deal with it, you do not have to see it and you can make excuses for it."Uh..I think you may have a misconception of Wordsmith here Rhonda.

    February 25, 2012 at 2:47 am |