Mark Halperin’s three things to watch for in politics for Monday, May 11.
1. Watch to see what happens on health care reform today. President Obama will meet with representatives of health industry groups this morning at the White House. Afterwards, he’ll deliver remarks at 12:30 pm ET on their pledge cut $2 trillion in spending over the course of a decade to help pay for whatever plan the government is able to put into place. Watch to see what Obama says today and how he says it. Pushing hard in today’s speech could indicate that he’s planning to keep going aggressively, putting everything on the line to push through a big health care bill before the end of the calendar year.
2. Watch to see if the White House tries to keep the back-and-forth going with Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh. It’s has been fruitful politically for the Democrats in the last few weeks. Watch to see if the White House and the Democrats choose to turn the other cheek this week or whether they engage fully to keep Cheney and Limbaugh front and center as the faces of the conservative movement and the Republican Party.
3. Watch to see if an issue or event emerges to define this week since there isn’t an obvious one going into the week. Watch to see if something the White House does or some external event comes to dominate the discussion. The economy and the lingering threat of swine flu are likely to get some attention, but watch to see what rises to the top here on Monday and that maybe sets the tone and the agenda for the rest of the week.