Mark Halperin’s three things to watch for in presidential politics for Tuesday, January 13, 2009.
1. First, Hillary Clinton is on Capital Hill Tuesday for her Senate testimony and confirmation hearing. Watch to see the substance of what she says particularly in the Middle East where, for the first time, we’re hearing some detail on what the new incoming administration thinks about some of the hot spots around the world right now.
2. Second, watch to see if there are any flaps out of Clinton’s confirmation related to her husband’s finances or anything else. There has been lots of media hype about whether this might somehow derail her nomination or cause some trouble. Watch to see what develops there.
3. Finally, watch the request form the incoming and outgoing president for more TARP funds dealing with the financial bailout. Watch to see if this becomes a Democrat versus Republican issue. Barack Obama is on Capitol Hill Tuesday rounding up Democratic support, which he’s likely to get. Watch to see on the Republican side whether the Republican leaders move en masse and rank in file against this effort, and whether that becomes a political issue that not only has implications for this money but for going forward on a range of issues especially economic ones.