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February 28th, 2012
11:17 AM 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:

– One Way Road: Santorum is in it to win it as the GOP falls into it’s familiar pattern of raising social issues to drive it’s base voters. Note to Democrats: you have a base that you can pander to as well.

– U Turn Ok: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will most certainly face a recall as organizers have delivered almost twice as many signatures as needed. Note to Republicans: It is not a good idea to inspire people against your own party’s politicians.

– Two Way Street: Latina leaders in the swing state of Colorado are holding their first fundraiser for a new group, American Dream PAC, designed to flex political muscle. Note to both parties: don’t underestimate this group or it’s inevitable off-spring.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Democrats for Santorum? The campaign is certainly seizing on antipathy for Mitt Romney to win in Michigan, but at what cost? I continue to think the campaigns are playing to their weaknesses, not their strengths. I want a new candidate in the race.

– I admit I am in the minority here, but having gone back to the news archive from 2009-2010, I continue to believe the "women's health" rhetoric about Barack Obama's attack on faithful Christians — and I do view it as an attack on faithful Christians — is this year's "Party of No." In 2010, Democrats, reporters and "ranking Republicans on background" were all convinced the angry tea party mob had turned the GOP into a Party of No that would turn off independent voters. They even had polling to show that. And yet . . .

– Two new Georgia polls are out. One is by WSB-TV out of Atlanta (I've got a radio show on WSB Radio) and the other by 11 Alive/Survey USA. WSB shows Romney at 20%, behind Gingrich and Santorum. 11 Alive shows him at 23% behind Gingrich and Santorum. While neither Gingrich nor Santorum is on the Virginia ballot, if Romney gets less than 20% in Georgia, the state with the most delegates at stake on Super Tuesday, he will get zero delegates from Georgia, offsetting Virginia and keeping this race going.

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Filed under: 2012 • Bullet Points • Elections
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  1. Joanne Gantz

    Monday 2/27 I was watching your show. There was information running at the bottom of the screen. One message told of a poll concerning the Health Care Bill. It said that 50% were against it. Why did you choose to say 50% were against instead of 50% were for it?

    February 28, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
  2. Carol Roll

    Regarding the candidates, did Rick Santorum really say he was against contraception? Basically that is not why I am writing, it is about pro-lifers. I am really not pro-abortion but can never vote to repeal a woman's right to it. It is to easy to preen and posture and look righteous when you say you are anti-abortion. Have these candidates ever adopted children
    already here? Have they ever had foster children? What about being involved in Big Brothers and Big Sisters? Have they ever mentored someone or tutored a child in school? Have they ever given of themselves personally to help the children who need help so badly, the children already alive and living in terrible conditions? I would like to hear what they say, after all faith without works is dead.

    February 28, 2012 at 2:13 pm |