Mark Halperin’s three things to watch for in presidential politics for Friday, December 12, 2008.
1. Now that the auto deal has collapsed in the Senate due to the opposition from Senate Republicans, watch to see how the White House, the Obama transition, and Democrats who control Capitol Hill move to a next step to try to deal with the big problem. The White House has said that it’s against using any money from the $700 billion Wall Street bailout for automakers because the purpose of that money is to go to the financial sector. Look to see whether those in the Bush Administration change their minds in the light of the latest developments.
2. On the Blagojevich story, watch to see what happens in Chicago and Washington today, there are lots of swirling developments. Questions still remain about what the Obama transition did in conjunction with this Senate seat, despite his vow Thursday that no one on his staff was involved and an internal investigation within his team to prove it, expected in the next few days. Watch to see what happens there.
3. There are a dwindling number of shopping days for Cabinet officials until Christmas. Daschle was yesterday. Watch to see if we have any more personnel announcements or leaks about what’s expected out of Chicago and Washington.