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Posted at 06:46 PM ET, 04/05/2011

Happy Hour Roundup

* It looks like another incident of alleged union thuggery, this time targeting the car of a Wisconsin GOP state senator, is proving to be a big bust.

* Polling officials in Wisconsin are reporting presidential levels of turnout in today’s nationally-watched race for state Supreme Court, which in theory should favor labor and Dems.

* In another sign that the national Dem base remains heavily invested in Wisconsin, ActBlue has announced that it raised a total of $4 million nationallyfor Wisconsin Dems as a result of Scott Walker’s anti-union push.

* I’m glad to see that Jennifer Rubin, who’s plugged in with the House GOP leadership, has the same read as I do on the real reason John Boehner is bringing us all to the brink of a government shutdown.

* By the way, Boehner is now reportedly demanding $40 billion in cuts.

* Jonathan Chait is just perfect on Paul Ryan’s plan to end Medicare as we know it:

He is making a choice — not just cut Medicare to save Medicare, but also to cut Medicare in order to cut taxes for the rich. Ryan does not want to debate that choice, but he ought to be forced to do so.

* Good stuff from Adam Serwer on how Ryan’s plan is all about restoring the right’s version of the America that existed before Lyndon Johnson put it on the path to moral decline.

* If Dems end up caving on Medicare, it might be because Nancy Pelosi is no longer in an influential enough position to get the party to stand firm. During the 2005 Social Security fight, Pelosi was instrumental in the Dems’ decision to play against type and resist all the crisis-mongering.

* Relatedly, Atrios reminds us that when Pelosi was asked during that fight when Dems would come up with their own “plan” to solve the Social Security crisis, she replied:

“Never. Is never good enough for you?”

* The fact that the public is split on who would be to blame for a government shutdown is yet another sign that Obama’s engagement in this fight may have come too late.

* Obama’s reelection campaign is making a good move by hiring Ben LaBolt , who’s handled some of the White House’s most difficult communications assignments, as his national press secretary.

* And it appears Wisconsin Republicans may be getting more and more nervous that the collective-bargaining rollback may never become law, after all.

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