Mark Halperin’s Three Things

Mark Halperin’s three things to watch for in presidential politics for Tuesday, November 11.

  1. Watch Barack Obama laying a wreath this morning in Chicago in honor of Veterans Day. Watch to see the tone and style he sets as president-elect in his first big symbolic national moment. It will give us some insight into how he will probably deal with such events as president.
  2. Watch Sarah Palin in her interviews. An interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer is being aired in parts today and tomorrow on “Today” and “Nightly News.” She attributes her ticket’s loss to Hispanic voters, campaign spending and “anti-incumbency sentiment.” Two interviews with CNN also air tomorrow. Watch to see what kind of news she makes. Also watch to see whether she puts herself front and center for the Republican Party and whether she helps or hurts her image in any way.
  3. Watch the Cabinet floats out there. There’s been a lot of talk about Clinton administration Treasury Secretary Larry Summers reprising his role in the new administration. There have been several reports that Obama is considering having Robert Gates stay on as secretary of defense. John Kerry is being discussed as a possible secretary of state. Some people within the Democratic Party and some commentators are talking about those possibilities. Watch to see whether those names seem to be gaining momentum or whether anything negative in reaction to their possible appointments.
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