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Posted at 06:31 PM ET, 09/14/2011

Happy Hour Roundup

* Gallup finds that a plurality of Americans, 45-32, want their member of Congress to vote for Obama’s jobs bill, including a plurality of independents.

That’s after CNN’s poll this morning finding a plurality suppports the plan, including strong indy support for the bill’s provisions. Surely these two polls will get as much attention as Bloomberg’s survey showing pessimism did...

* The Progressive Change Campaign Committee has raised $222,000 for Elizabeth Warren’s Senate run, $90,000 since yesterday alone, PCCC’s Adam Green says — another sign that Warren willl be able to haul in enough grassroots liberal money from around the country to stay competitive financially.

“Our goal was to ensure that on Day One of her candidacy, Elizabeth Warren had the financial resources she’d need to launch a strong people-powered campaign,” Green emails.

* Steve Kornacki digs into Massachusetts history to explain the true nature of the challenge Warren faces.

* Warren has to appeal to the independents and conservative Dems who powered Brown’s surprise win, a task that may be somewhat easier because 2012 will likely be a higher-turnout, more Dem-leaning presidential year.

* Matt Yglesias says Jeff Merkley’s supercommittee/CBO/jobs proposal today is a reminder of why he’s one of the best Senators going, and explains why his proposal an “excellent idea.”

* Also check out Steve Benen’s post on Merkley’s idea, which notes, crucially, that all Merkley is advocating is for supercommittee members to have more information about the proposals’ real world impact.

* Very interesting point from Jed Lewison about the CNN poll on the jobs bill: The most popular provisions in it are the proposals for more Federal spending, on infrastructure and state aid, and the payroll tax cut for workers.

* Top Obama ally Bill Burton, on the meaning of the upset loss in NY-9: “Democrats should be very nervous.”

Also from Burton: “Unless activists really engage and recognize the stakes of this fight, it’s going to be impossible for the president to win.’’

* Richard Cohen, on the forgotten role that national Dems played in losing NY-9 by ousting Anthony Weiner for sex-related transgressions:

By panicking and by showing a distinct lack of principle, the feckless Democratic leadership shot itself in the foot. It got rid of Weiner, all right — and his congressional seat as well.

* Republicans say that their upset victory means the Dems’ “Mediscare” strategy is out of gas, but Dems are vowing to continue attacking the GOP over Medicare all the way through 2012. Dem Rep. Jan Schakowsky:

“They can call it whatever they want — ‘Sorta-care,’ ‘Maybe-care,’ ‘I-don’t-care.’ But their proposal was not Medicare. It was not a program with guaranteed benefits. And so, I think this continues to be a very powerful issue.”

* And the takedown of the day: Jonathan Cohn versus Dem Senators Jim Webb, Mary Landrieu and Tom Carper for talking absolute unadulterated nonsense about Obama’s jobs plan.

Note Cohn’s point about how conservative Dems “almost compulsively” undermine the party for their own purposes.

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