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Posted at 06:34 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Happy Hour Roundup

* Still more polling on Occupy Wall Street: The new Post poll finds that supporters of the movement edge out opponents, 39-35, while a plurality opposes the Tea Party, 44-32.

And this is key: A plurality of independents supports Occupy Wall Street, and opposes the Tea Party. And some 45 percent of the movement’s supporters self-identify as “moderate.” All this again suggests that the movement has not alienated the middle of the country, as conservatives continue to say (hope) is inevitable.

* A Dem pollster’s focus groups indicate that independent voters prefer “we are the 99 percent” to “Occupy Wall Street,” because it captures a general sense, one with mainstream potential, that the one percent are getting over on the rest of us.

* Jed Lewison neatly summarizes that new data on how Obama’s jobs policies would impact the rich:

Republicans are objecting to new infrastructure spending because they don’t want the top 1/500th of American taxpayers to pay an average of 1/217th more of their income in taxes.

* Are Senate Republicans deliberately blocking Obama’s policies mainly to wound him politically? Steve Benen offers an extensive indictment that takes us through all of Mitch McConnell’s greatest hits.

* Here are some of those greatest hits on video.

* As Jamison Foser notes, it’s getting harder and harder to avoid the conclusion that some Senate Republicans see government dysfunction as a desirable political end in and of itself.

* Obama reelect reality check of the day, courtesy of Aaron Blake, who makes a key point about how foreclosures could impact 2012:

The two states with the highest foreclosure rates — Nevada and Florida — are also two of the bigger swing state prizes on the 2012 presidential map. And other states that rank in the top ten in terms of home foreclosures — including Arizona, Colorado, Michigan and Ohio — are also likely to be a major part of Obama’s electoral math.

This raises the political stakes enormously on the question of whether Obama’s new foreclosure plan will succeed.

* And House Dems are already hammering the new foreclosure plan as woefully insufficient given the depths of the crisis.

* Chart of the day: Brian Beutler on how repealing “Obamacare” would be disastrous for the country’s fiscal health, while doing nothing and letting the Bush high end tax cuts expire would be rather good for it.

* Paul Ryan is set to give a speech doubling down on the idea that Obama is practicing the politics of fear, envy, and division, even though majorities of Americans completely reject this interpretation of what he’s doing.

* And an interesting and deeply reported piece by Sam Stein on the new Holy Grail of political fundraising, donation via mobile device.

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