Mark Halperin’s three things to watch for in politics for Wednesday, February 11.
1. Watch how the financial markets and the news media continue to react to the administration’s banking plan, introduced yesterday by Treasury Secretary Geithner. Yesterday was not a great first day — watch to see if today is any better.
2. Watch as the stimulus conference continues on the Hill. Representatives from the House and Senate are trying to reconcile their versions of the bill by the end of the week, to get a bill to the president as soon as possible. Democrats are trying to figure out a compromise that satisfies their partisans in both chambers. Watch to see if there’s progress today.
3. Watch the general critique of the Obama administration. He’s out again stumping for the stimulus, today in Springfield, Virginia, where he’ll visit a construction site with Gov. Kaine. Watch to see what comes out of that event. Also watch to see if he reacts to the negative editorial commentary and chatter he’s been getting. It’s the kind of thing that former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe does not give one whit about, but that others may be sensitive to. Watch to see how the president handles it.