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Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 01/31/2012

Happy Hour Open Thread

All: No full length roundup tonight because of the Florida voting. Jonathan Bernstein will have reaction to the results later on this blog.

For now, a few links to get you going:

* Mitch McConnell claims Obama “got everything he wanted from a completely compliant Congress.” Steve Benen does a nice job setting the record straight. Also see Sahil Kapur.

* Scott Clement on what you should look for in tonight’s results for clues about the longer-term GOP nomination process and general election.

* David Paul Kuhn cuts through the BS about Romney’s electability:

Mitt Romney is winning the GOP race for two reasons: big money and weak competition. That should distress Republicans. Romney cannot rely on either advantage if he faces Barack Obama.

* Nice catch by Jed Lewison: Check out this explanation from a Romney adviser for his South Carolina loss to Gingrich:

Romney advisers say the 22-point switch in polls in the state took place after Gingrich’s extended tussle with Juan Williams over racial sensitivity. “Williams was a stand-in for Barack Obama in people’s minds,” said one Romney adviser.

* Bonus Lewison: “Romney will leave Florida convinced of his invincibility, but the only thing he’ll have really proven is that when you can outspend Newt Gingrich by a five-to-one ratio, it’s not that hard to beat him in a negative campaign.”

* Watch Jonathan Bernstein knock down a whole bunch of weak conservative arguments against the Buffett Rule. Watch them fall like a row of dominoes.

* Epic Digby post on the delusions about the possibilities of bipartisanship that Dems labored under for far too long, and what the death of that delusion means for the left and the future.

* Chart of the day, courtesy (again) of Sahil Kapur: How the obsession with austerity is about to imperil the recovery.

* The fun fact of the day, courtesy of ABC News’s Jon Karl, on the Romney camp’s negativity in Florida:

Mitt Romney and his allies spent more than $15 million on TV ads — only one was positive and it was in a foreign language. It ran a total of 15 times statewide.

* And a brokered GOP convention is very, very unlikely. But it’s not completely out of the realm of possibility, and Rachel Weiner explains how the whole thing might unfold if it did happen.

Enjoy!

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