* A great post from Steve Benen skewering the claim by Chris Christie and others that Obama is a “bystander” who’s responsible for national “paralysis.”
* Uh oh. The Club for Growth puts the 2012 GOP candidates on notice: They’d better not support that China currency manipulation bill Dems are pushing to limit manufacturing job loss, on the grounds that it would start a trade war.
* David Dayen has a useful and detailed overview of the state of play in Congress over the China bill. I’m telling you, this going to get very interesting.
* Steve Stromberg on Rick Perry’s priorities: He’ll apologize to conservatives for calling out their “heartless” attitude towards children of illegals, but he won’t apologize to climate scientists for accusing them of a fraud, or to Ben Bernanke for his quasi-threat to get “ugly.”
* Herman Cain is surging! And he has the highest “positive intensity” score among GOP primary voters of any of the hopefuls.
* Justin Elliott has a very useful guide to the proliferation of outside big-money groups that will spend massive amounts shaping the 2012 elections.
* Chris Bowers on the sudden and rapid growth of Occupy Wall Street, which is now attracting the support of some of the biggest players in organized labor.
* Adam Serwer agrees with the criticism of Obama’s civil liberties record, but makes the key point that Congress’ uncritical bipartisan support for the national security state is also kind of relevant, too.
* Fortune’s Dan Primack skewers the latest effort by Drudge and the Weekly Standard to find a solar scandal, this one allegedly tied to Nancy Pelosi’s brother in law, and pronounces it a “fake.”
* Another brutal takedown of the Daily Caller’s comically bogus EPA story. Key point: Congress would have to appropriate the funds to pay those 230,000 new bureaucrats.
What else is happening?
UPATE: Dick Durbin is now conceding that Dems don’t have the votes to pass Obama’s jobs bill:
“The oil-producing state senators don’t like eliminating or reducing the subsidy for oil companies, “ Durbin tells WLS Radio, “There are some senators who are up for election who say I’m never gonna vote for a tax increase while I’m up for election, even on the wealthiest people. So, we’re not gonna have 100% Democratic senators. That’s why it needs to be bi-partisan and I hope we can find some Republicans who will join us to make it happen.”
But so far, Durbin concedes Democrats don’t have the votes in the senate to pass it, “Not at the moment, I don’t think we do but, uh, we can work on it.”