TPMDC Morning Roundup

Tomorrow’s Cloture Vote Could Predict Bill’s Success (Or Failure)
Roll Call reports that tomorrow’s vote on cloture to proceed to debate on the health care bill could indeed be very crucial, and not simply a procedural motion. A Congressional Research Service report, requested by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), shows that on the 41 bills where such a vote has been held since 1999, the Senate ultimately passed the underlying bill in 40 of those occasions.

No Obama Events Today
President Obama does not have any scheduled public events today.Biden’s Day Ahead
Vice President Biden will spend the day in Wilmington, Delaware. He will hold meetings via teleconference with senior staff, and call members of Congress regarding health insurance reform legislation.

Gates: More Forces Can Be Sent Into Afghanistan Quickly
Secretary of Defense Roberts Gates hinted that President Obama will likely send more troops to Afghanistan, saying that forces could be put in quickly: “I anticipate that as soon as the president makes his decision, we can probably begin flowing some forces pretty quickly after that.”

Poll: Blame For Economy Shifting From GOP To Dems
A new CNN poll finds that Americans’ blame for the economy is slowly shifting from the Republicans to the Democrats, though the GOP still has a plurality. Republicans are blamed by 38%, and Democrats are blamed by 27%. Back in May, Republicans had a heavier margin of 53%-21%.

Huntsman Blasts Media Coverage Of Obama’s China Visit
Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman is criticizing the media coverage of President Obama’s trip to China. “I attended all those meetings that President Obama had with Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao,” said Huntsman. “I’ve got to say some of the reporting I saw afterward was off the mark. I saw sweeping comments about things that apparently weren’t talked about, when they were discussed in great detail in the meetings.”

Barbour: Next Year Will Be Good For Republican Governors
Republicans gathered in Austin, Texas, for the Republican Governors Association meeting, and predicting success for the party next year. “Next year’s going to be a good year for Republican governors,” said Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, chairman of the RGA. “In states where there are Republican governors, people can see if conservative and Republican ideas, when actually implemented, work.”