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February 23rd, 2012
03:50 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:

– Careless Whispers: Santorum admits he votes against his principles and hands Romney a great clip for a future nasty ad.

– Time After Time: Gov. Christie vetoes gay marriage, taking a waning position that was popular in the 1980’s and hoping it still be so in 2016.

– Start Me Up: Comcast launches four minority-led channels creating the greatest media opening for Latinos and African Americans seen in decades.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– My friend Ben Domenech makes a good observation in his must read "Transom" daily email regarding Romney's speech about his new tax plan. He writes, "Finally a Republican who promises to preserve our tax code's progressivity! Once again, as numerous commentators have noted, Romney speaks the language of conservatism as if he’s someone who tried Rosetta Stone for a couple days and then left it gathering dust."

– Conservative reaction to Romney's tax plan continues. The Club for Growth, and even National Review, a publication sympathetic to Romney, are underwhelmed. It took 170 days for Romney to largely discard the first of his 59 points, but he still has no plan to balance the federal budget.

– The big winner from last night's CNN debate was Barack Obama. Well, okay, Gingrich won the debate itself, but the President has to be pleased. No, let's not go with the conventional wisdom that the Republicans have gone right — something you rarely hear the press lament about Democrats in campaigns. No, he won because the GOP got lost in the weeds trying to differentiate themselves. The weeds get mowed down in yards. And voters sure don't vote for them.

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  1. Pat Day

    J.K. Rowling has sol"d over 450 books worldwide. The least you can do is pronounce her name right.

    It is ROWling, as in row, row, row your boat.

    P. Day

    February 23, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
  2. Skip Nelson

    "John, I have a question for you... With the considerable amount of dog whistles, race baiting and divisiveness occurring in this election campaign, from both the candidates, as well as other sources...why did you not ask the candidates to respond to rampant voter suppression? I would have loved to have heard their responses." I don't expect an answer...

    February 23, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
    • Agnes

      Agreed! 100 percent! A tendermous article appeared yesterday telling how Mitt couldn't possibly be the Republican nominee because he is too 1950 s Good. The first half of the previous sentence is false; the second half is thankfully true. The good old days really were the '50s and there was righteousness in the land before the moral decay of the '60s on forward have brought us to this sad plight of having a Socialist in the White House.This radical blighted counterfeit hypocritical lying person has led a destructive onslaught against the Constitution and our Nation's people for three years. His transformation of America, if allowed to continue, will destroy this Nation and the World and in my opinion, enslave the American people into mediocrity.The hope we have is that a person of outstanding moral principles and leadership with the ability to turn around our Nation's failing enterprises will be elected as POTUS. The only man out there that meets that necessary scenario is Mitt Romney. The sooner a majority of Conservatives see through the lies being foisted upon them by the Left and some idealogues on the Right regarding falsehoods being spread about Mitt Romney, the sooner Ms. French's observation will be verified.

      March 23, 2012 at 11:32 pm |