* Steve Kornacki does a nice job cutting through all of today’s noise around the new polling of Occupy Wall Street, and concludes public opinion on the protests could ultimately go either way.
And yes, the message of the protests — if not the tactics themselves — is in fact resonating with voters.
* The Associated Press gets the story right:
Senate GOP blocks Obama infrastructure plan
* Obama’s statement: “For the third time in recent weeks, every single Republican in the United States Senate has chosen to obstruct a jobs bill that independent economists said would boost our economy and put Americans back to work.”
* No GOP “moderates” voted for the plan, and Jamison Foser has been doing good work documenting Olympia Snowe’s faux moderation and efforts to appeal to the Tea Party.
* Obama reelect reality check of the day, via Taegan Goddard:
While Americans across the nation are downbeat, a special USA Today/Gallup Poll finds that “voters in a dozen key battleground states for the 2012 election are in an even deeper funk about their lives, Obama’s tenure and the nation’s politics.”
“The underlying perils for the president are particularly pronounced in these battlegrounds, presumably because they are in parts of the country that have been hit hardest by the nation’s economic troubles.”
* But Jonathan Capehart discerns signs of an uptick in Obama's political fortunes, though he also details how events could quickly overtake it.
* Nancy Pelosi says Dems have a shot at taking back the House, and Obama appears to have already endorsed her return as Speaker.
* Labor officials in Ohio tell Alec MacGillis that they’re bracing for a final wave of anti-union ads, but hope their ground game makes up the spending disadvantage — another sign victory is hardly assured.
* The Romney camp isn’t going to be happy about this Wall Street Journal piece giving him “credit” for inspiring liberal health care reforms in other states across the country.
* Outgoing AFSCME president Gerald McEntee says labor deserves credit for setting the stage for Occupy Wall Street and the larger shift in the conversation.
* Chris Bowers has another key takeaway from that Elizabeth Warren heckling episode: “once again there were hundreds of Warren volunteers in attendance.”
* Atrios’s response perfectly captured another under-appreciated angle:
* And the mind meld of the day: Dan Amira imagines the inner monologue of the Warren heckler:
“Tonight, I’m going to drive over to that meeting of Warren campaign volunteers in Brockton, and when the meeting starts, I’m going to interrupt Warren to tell her that she’s a socialist whore for associating with Occupy Wall Street, and then I’m going to drive home. It’s going to be a great night.”
What else is happening?