The Morning Plum
* The White House wants to know: How can it get the public to focus on the administration's isolated successes, when early tough decisions made by Obama that worked are now getting forgotten amid widespread anxiety about the ailing economy?
Today, the president will try to push the argument that in the case of the auto industry, the decision to pursue much-maligned bailouts actually paid off, and administration officials have fanned out in advance to make this case.
"Some tough decisions had to be made about the auto industry about a year and a half ago," press sec Robert Gibbs said on MSNBC this morning. "But what we're looking at now is an auto industry that for the first time since 2004, the Big Three are all reporting operating profits. And we're adding jobs for the first time in more than a decade."
The White House will focus more and more on Obama's early decisions, pushing the line that the public will eventually come around to the view that the tough calls made by the president early on were the right ones.
* David Axelrod lays out the emerging Dem balancing act: Dems must argue that voting Republican would take us back to the Bush policies that landed us in today's mess -- without appearing to want to relitigate the past.
The 2006 and 2008 campaigns, which built Pelosi's power, were assaults on an established Republican order in Congress and the White House. Now in a punishing economic environment, the roles are reversed. If Democrats are to survive, aides predict the tough-minded Pelosi will face a painful chore: performing the triage needed when money runs low and old friends and allies must be cut loose to save those who have a better chance of winning.
* But: Also in the above link, Pelosi is pointing to Rangel's travails as proof that Dems are succeeding in delivering on their promise to "drain the swamp."
* Meanwhile, the House GOP guide to campaigning this summer during the recess features Republicans from the distant past. No George W. Bush, for instance.
* And Charlie Cook says the Republican wave may have already crested.
* New Las Vegas Review Journal poll finds the Nevada Senate race deadlocked.
* An important point from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse: Even if a GOP filibuster of climate change legislation was inevitable, Dems should have staged that fight anyway. Keep that in mind for next time!
It's Crist over Rubio and Jeff Greene, 37-32-17, or Crist over Rubio and Kendrick Meek, 39-33-13.
* Picking Elizabeth Warren to head the new consumer protection agency would go a long way towards repairing Obama's problems with the base.
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July 30, 2010; 8:23 AM ET
Categories: 2010 elections , 2012 , Climate change , House Dems , House GOPers , Morning Plum , economy
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