The Morning Plum
* Today's main event is a joint press availability with President Obama and Netanyahu, and here's the domestic political angle: Dems are apparently worried that even the slightest hint of tension or disagreement could be used against them in the midterm elections.
* Also in that link: Republican candidates across the country begin using Obama's efforts to pressure Israel as a weapon against Dems, with one alleging an "alarming pattern" in the mideast and another accusing Obama of "browbeating" Israel.
* Huh. Looks like Wall Streeters didn't get the memo telling them that the Democrats are the party that's really defending their interests: Wall Street contributions to Dems are down 65 percent.
* Speaking of the midterms: Republican divisions persist over whether to fully repeal health reform.
* Kevin Drum hits on one of my pet points: Republican obstructionism might end up helping Republicans, because it makes Congress look dysfunctional, reflecting badly on the party that's running the place.
* I'm telling you, that's a key dynamic that isn't getting enough attention.
* This is a couple days old, but it's a good read: Control of the House could hinge on whether the GOP can reverse previous Dem gains in midwestern, western and suburban districts.
* Shorter David Brooks: If the public agrees with me that the stimulus failed and that Federal spending won't help the economy, then they must be right.
* But the White House apparently cares deeply what Brooks writes.
* Here's an interesting look at the deepening faultlines and fissures in the House Dem caucus on Afghanistan.
* But: Also interesting in that link, Eric Alterman says Dems won't tear the party up over the war as they did during the Vietnam era.
* BP has removed a ridiculously tiny fraction of the oil the company promised to capture.
* Virtually no lawmakers have signed Lanny Davis's silly pledge to preserve "civility" in politics. Good! Because the problem has nothing to do with behavior.
* And in case you missed it, Read the cease-and-desist letter that Sharron Angle's camp sent to the Harry Reid campaign demanding that he yank the reposting of Angle's old Web site revealing her Tea Partyism in all its glory.
What else is happening?
July 6, 2010; 8:25 AM ET
Categories: 2010 elections , Climate change , Foreign policy and national security , Health reform , House Dems , House GOPers , Morning Plum , Political media
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