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 Rap Artists: The conservative mag National Review calls for Gingrich to give up his presidential bid, and they worry about his vengeful nature, but donâ€™t offer why his divisive rhetoric is appealing to even some of their own writers.
– Best Hard Rock: Santorum is looking at the next group of GOP primaries and is smiling like a canary, Romney insiders are feeling like the cat.
– Best Solo Performance: Marco Rubio is picked by CPAC as their preferred Vice-Presidential nominee, which might help the eventual GOP ticket in Florida, but whose impact would be negligible elsewhere.
RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:
– Seriously - if you want to know what conservatives are focused on this morning it is the Daily Caller's expose on Media Matters. It's got everything: guns, sex in the office, paranoia, and enemies lists.
– Conservatives are also fired up about the House GOP's highway bill. For three years now the GOP has lamented the accounting gimmicks used to claim Obamacare reduces the deficit. Now, they've resorted to the same to defend the highway bill.
– There's also a story starting to percolate out there that hasn't gotten as much attention as it needs. The New York Times over the weekend noted something that could use a larger spotlight. In this story about the safety net, the Binyamin Applebaum and Robert Gebeloff note, "The government safety net was created to keep Americans from abject poverty, but the poorest households no longer receive a majority of government benefits. A secondary mission has gradually become primary: maintaining the middle class from childhood through retirement. The share of benefits flowing to the least affluent households, the bottom fifth, has declined from 54 percent in 1979 to 36 percent in 2007, according to a Congressional Budget Office analysis published last year." In other words, we are taxing the middle class to subsidize the middle class. That's a broken system.
Editor's Note: The blog is a place for a freewheeling exchange of ideas and opinions. CNN does not endorse anything said by its contributors.