The Morning Plum
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* The White House releases an extensive chronology of its response to the Gulf oil spill.
Look for the same people who demanded that the White House prove it's on top of the disaster to now argue that this reveals White House desperation to avoid the "Obama's Katrina" storyline.
* A question that's a tad more important than whether this is Obama's Katrina: Will the Gulf spill reinvigorate the push for energy reform? Environmentalists urge the president to seize this opportunity and to come through with a response that's "as big as the spill."
* But: Also in that link, a fascinating, if dispiriting, factoid: According to the Los Angeles Times, Obama has yet to link the spill to the need to move climate change legislation.
* And the flip side: The spill could actually dim the chances of climate change action, because Dem senators won't support an energy bill with any expanded drilling, and Republicans still won't support one without it.
* Meanwhile, the war over Miranda rages: Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) argues, creatively, that the fact that the Times Square suspect is cooperating after being Mirandized doesn't mean a thing. Why? Because he could just as easily not have cooperated.
* In a rational world, this would permanently deep-six the notion that the Tea Party movement is diverse and bipartisan: The Tea Party platform, such as it is, appeals almost exclusively to supporters of the GOP.
* Also: A majority of Americans doesn't want to know more about the Tea Partiers. A plurality says the more they hear, the less they like.
* Karen Tumulty asks: Could the Times Square plot leave the White House too queasy to proceed with plans to close Gitmo?
* It isn't easy being in charge: The oil spill and terror crises are making it impossible for Dems to break through with "jobs, jobs, jobs" message.
* Question of the day: Will Republicans conclude that embracing the Arizona law is smart short-term politics, providing a lift in competitive races in the south and west? Maybe, but what about long term?
* Is Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) open to Connecticut independent Sen. Joe Lieberman's plan to strip U.S. citizenship from those deemed to be "involved" with foreign terror organizations? Yup. Should be interesting to see how much Dem support in Congress this one garners.
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May 5, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
Categories: 2010 elections , Climate change , Foreign policy and national security , Immigration , Morning Plum , Tea Party
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