Mark Halperin’s Three Things

Mark Halperin’s three things to watch for in presidential politics for Friday, January 30.

1. Watch the Obama White House. The president and his staff are still learning how to control the message, doing a good job of using the bully pulpit but driving multiple messages in one day. President Obama is pushing both an economic message, with an event at 10:45 am ET to
describe the mandate of the Middle Class Working Families Task Force, and the national security message with an afternoon meeting with senior enlisted officials of the armed forces. Watch to see how much coverage those events get, especially on the evening news shows.

2. Watch to see the status of bipartisanship in Washington. The White House is still looking for a way for Republicans to get on board the economic stimulus plan. Watch to see the progress both in the House and the Senate, particularly with that chamber taking up the legislation starting Monday. See if anything happens to bring the White House and Republicans together.

3. Watch the possible gambit of having Sen. Judd Gregg, a New Hampshire Republican, as Commerce Secretary. If President Obama chooses Gregg and he accepts the job, the move from Congress to Commerce could have substantial implications for potential bipartisanship as well as for a Senate seat from the Granite State.

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