Mark Halperin’s three things to watch for in politics for Wednesday, July 29.
1. Watch President Obama on the road again selling health care reform. He’ll be at a high school in Raleigh, North Carolina, this morning and a Kroger supermarket in Bristol, Virginia, this afternoon for town halls intended to keep pushing the immediate need for change. He’s expected to discuss consumer protection mechanisms that would be part of a plan today, so watch to see if that assuages some of the public’s concerns about their own plans. Also watch to see if he makes any comments about health care’s progress in the House and Senate, perhaps tipping his hand a bit more on what he’d like to see happen this week.
2. Watch for the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll out later today. The numbers in that survey are likely to show a trend line that won’t be favorable to the White House, so watch to see if and how the administration spins the numbers. Also watch to see how the press and Republicans respond to the numbers.
3. Watch health care’s progress on the Hill today. The Senate Finance Committee is where a lot of the energy is focused, so watch to see if there are any public developments toward a deal there. Also watch the continued negotiations between House Democratic leaders and the Blue Dogs. An agreement in the House or the Senate could have a huge domino effect in either direction, so watch to see if it happens today.