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Posted at 06:55 PM ET, 09/15/2011

Happy Hour Roundup

* Aaron Blake and Chris Cillizza offer a great analysis arguing that despite all the disapproval of Obama, the public is still prepared to hear him out on jobs, meaning the jobs fight does give him a way to bounce back.

* Jennifer Rubin has an illuminating look at what Rick Perry is really trying to accomplish with his swagger on Social Security and why he won’t submit to any tough interviews that would actually nail down his real views on the program.

* Mitt Romney pounds Perry with a detailed rundown of his own past positions expressing hostility towards the popular entitlement program, which Camp Romney remains convinced will render Perry unelectable.

* But as Jed Lewison points out, Romney used to talk about Social Security with criminalizing language, too, until he saw an opening to take down Perry on the issue.

* Speaking of Social Security, the other day Glenn Kessler had a very useful primer on the program’s financing and on GOP claims about it. Clip and save: This will be front and center for months.

* Some harsh words about the White House from CREW’s Melanie Sloan, referring to the Solyndra case and other allegations of White House interference in government operations to benefit a top Dem donor:

“With this new set of facts, it starts to sound like a pattern of the White House improperly pressuring people at agencies involving decisions that affect companies tied to donors and fundraisers.”

* Obama will continue his aggressive pitch for the jobs bill with a visit to a crumbling bridge in John Boehner’s district next week, suggesting that Obama’s team is still committeed to proving the bully pulpit can move public opinion and even Congress.

* Steve Benen has a very interesting explanation of the political significance of the bridge and the crucial local angle the Obama team is going for with this visit.

* The White House sends officials to the Hill to reassure skittish Senate Dems balking at supporting the whole jobs bill, and David Plouffe insists that reports of party divisions are way overstated.

* Elizabeth Warren’s answer to the GOP’s “liberal elite professor” charge:

“I wasn’t born at Harvard. I was born to a family that had to work for everything it’s got.”

* Takedown of the day: Alex Pareene skewers the latest right wing talking point, that the jobs bill represents a “blue state bailout.”

* You’ll be shocked to hear that Karl Rove is still trying to tar Obama with a hilariously decontextualized recounting of Jimmy Hoffa’s non-call for violence. How many days of outrage are we talking about here?

* And I apologize to readers who were offended by my Tourette syndrome reference today — it was out of line.

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