Mark Halperin’s Three Things

Mark Halperin’s three things to watch for in presidential politics for Friday, December 5.

  1. Watch what goes on with the proposed auto industry bailout. The CEOs of Chrysler, Ford and General Motors are in Washington another day, following up Thursday’s testimony before the Senate Banking Committee with a round before the House Financial Services Committee. Congressional Democrats seem to be increasingly pessimistic about anything being done in the short term to deal with the crisis. Bush and Obama may also step in to deal with the problem sooner. Watch to see if there’s any progress on that front.
  2. Watch the discussion of Obama’s education secretary choice. David Brooks’ column in The New York Times today looks at Obama’s potential choices in terms of individuals as well as what those choices will mean in terms of the kind of tone and direction he wants to take in education as symbolized by his choice. One top candidate, Chicago schools chief Arne Duncan, visited the Department of Education on Thursday to meet with current secretary Margaret Spellings but said he had “no idea” about who Obama would choose to replace her. Watch to see what happens there.

Note that there are only two things to watch for today.

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