A Qwiki – 6 Political Clicks -http://bit.ly/LusOu1
Lindsey Graham Crosses the Rubicon – Would Accept 4 to 1 spending cut to revenue ratio in exchange for entitlement reform – “I just think that makes a lot of sense. And if I’m willing to do that as a Republican, I’ve crossed the Rubicon… “We’re so far in debt, that if you don’t give up some ideological ground, the country sinks.” – http://yhoo.it/LPTByy
Add him to Jeb Bush, who said compromise is lacking in the GOP, and you start to wonder about the future of the anti-tax pledge. (Although Jeb Bush clarified himself today) http://abcn.ws/LAAx8V (Shush Walshe)
Zing! – Grover Norquist on Jeb Bush - “Former governor of Florida Jeb Bush hasn’t been elected to anything in 10 years, gets asked a hypothetical question about ’10 to one,’ which is the same question that ruined his father’s presidency and cut it in half, and he answered it in the same way his father did. … As every Republican in Washington, DC knows, that’s the first line of a joke, not a negotiation: The Democrat says, ‘How about a trade?’ The idiot Republican says yes [and is betrayed by the Democrat] … I’m not an idiot, and Jeb Bush got taken advantage of like he was a hick coming from out of town.” – Later he says Graham is not a “thought leader” – http://abcn.ws/OtwAn7 (Chris Good)
Obama Woos The Zombie Vote http://abcn.ws/MA8Yuh (Har har, Olivier Knox)
Would Romney Cut Firefighters? He Won’t Say Exactly - But it’s true as president firefighters aren’t really his main job – http://abcn.ws/LRGnB7
But he thinks that line of attack is “absurd” – http://abcn.ws/KqfEQS
Tonight – Giffords Replaced – Pay attention to the race to replace Gabby Giffords in Arizona. Her former district director, Ron Barber, is thought to have a slight edge.
But be careful about drawing any national importance from such an emotionally charged local race – http://abcn.ws/K07F6Z (Amy Walter and Elizabeth Hartfield)
Life, Liberty and an Auction – Got $2 Million? Buy George Washington’s Private Constitution – “He took great care with his penmanship, always. Never scribbled, never scrawled, and that’s all the more remarkable considering he wrote hundreds of thousands of letters.” – http://abcn.ws/LAbH90 (Negrin and Blaine)
Ohio on Thursday –
Cleveland – Obama to “frame” race with new speech.
Cincinnati – Romney to appear ahead of Friday bus tour kickoff.
What Will Obama’s New Framing Be? Advice from James Carville and Stan Greenberg: Talk More About The Next Four Years- Democratic strategists James Carville and Stan Greenberg have a message for the Obama campaign: Stop trying to convince voters that the last four years have been good for them, and start talking about what you are going to do in the next four years to make the economy and their lives better. http://abcn.ws/KyIhGZ (Amy Walter)
Obama Appears Not to Have Gotten That Particular Memo (Yet, anyway) – Still on Script in B’Mo Today – http://abcn.ws/MJ0WCM
McCain Introduces Senate Resolution Calling for a Special Counsel to Investigate Leaks-Keeping up the drumbeat, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., introduced a resolution in the Senate today calling for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the string of recent national security and intelligence leaks. http://abcn.ws/K00zzn (Sunlen Miller)
WSJ Reporter Resigns Over Affair with Current Husband, Amb. Nominee - Wall Street Journal reporter Gina Chon resigned today after emails surfaced revealing she had a secret affair with the man who is now President Obama’s nominee to serve as U.S. ambassador to Iraq. http://abcn.ws/MIx2P4 (Whitney Lloyd)
Romney Would Replace Obamacare With Some Parts of Obamacare - On Pre-Existing Conditions – “We’re gonna have to make sure the law we replace Obamacare with assures that people who have a pre-existing condition, who’ve been insured in the past, are able to get insurance in the future so they don’t have to worry about that condition keeping them from getting the kind of healthcare they deserve,” he said.
http://abcn.ws/LGIKur (Emily Friedman)
Fact Check – Romney Stretches Obama’s Words on Obamacare – http://abcn.ws/KqStpr
Michelle Obama Signs Books – Long lines, drizzling rain and stringent security checks didn’t deter hundreds of people from turning out to Michelle Obama’s sole planned book signing at a Washington, D.C., Barnes and Noble this morning. http://abcn.ws/Klz2gv (Meghan Kiesel)
Bryson Seizures Leading to Fender Benders Are Head Scratcher for Some Docs – http://abcn.ws/LSNX0y
Obama Launches Pick-Your-Own-Celeb Contest – The Obama campaign is pushing a new twist in its Dinner with Barack fundraising sweepstakes: For as little as $3, supporters now get a chance to pick the next celebrity to dine with Obama and the three lucky grassroots winners and their guests.
http://abcn.ws/LRRVH1 (Devin Dwyer)
Will Romney Take a Paycheck As President? He’s Not Telling – As governor of Massachusetts and as head of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, Mitt Romney did not take a salary. He has made millions at the private equity investment firm Bain Capital and before that at the management consulting firm, Bain and Company. According to the candidate’s personal financial disclosure released earlier this month, Romney is worth as much as $250 million. If he makes it to the White House he may be one of the wealthiest presidents in history. http://abcn.ws/JZxBQf (Shushannah Walshe)
Obama Smashing Records for Fundraisers – President Obama today will continue his record-smashing fundraising schedule with six events in two states, tying the number for most fundraisers attended in a single day of his re-election campaign. Obama will raise north of $3.6 million for the Obama Victory Fund in Baltimore and Philadelphia, according to figures provided by the campaign. http://abcn.ws/MzVMoC (Devin Dwyer)
Romney’s Secretary of State: Whittling the List – As Washington guessing games go, curiosity over America’s next Secretary of State might fall second in line behind the intrigue-laden Veepstakes. While Treasury is esoteric and Defense is dense, our last two presidents have employed a series of top diplomats who brought star quality and definitive personal style to State, in Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell.
http://abcn.ws/KkfwkE (Chris Good)