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Posted at 07:04 PM ET, 10/27/2011

Happy Hour Roundup

* Takedown of the day: Dave Weigel skewers the Massachusetts GOP’s wretched new video tarring Elizabeth Warren with the Occupy Wall Street protesters. Looks like the use of this wedge will continue.

* The Iraq War veteran and Occupy Okland protester who was injured in a clash with police has his condition upgraded from critical to fair, but will need surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.

* John Boehner has “great concerns” that Obama is abusing the Constitution by using his executive authority to go around Congress — concerns that weren’t quite as great when Bush did the same thing.

* The Democratic Governors Association plows $150,000 into the Ohio labor fight, suggesting again that Dems know victory is anything but certain, no matter what polls say.

* Jed Lewison on another key reason Dems can’t get complacent about winning in Ohio:

Ohio Republicans included a measure on the ballot to reject the mandate provision of health care reform. While voters in general don’t want to repeal health care reform, conservatives tend to be more worked up about it, and that ballot line will probably increase conservative turnout above what would be expected if SB5 and Issue 2 were the only things on the ballot.

* Conservative blogger Allahpundit notes, rightly I think, that conservatives have good reason to think there may still be enough voter confusion around the Ohio battle to make the outcome uncertain.

* After a bit of debate today over Obama’s position in the Ohio fight, Ben Smith gets the White House on the record coming down on the right side.

* An illuminating Ron Brownstein take on how the GOP primary is unfolding on two tracks — the battle for the ideological Tea Party wing and the war for the pragmatic and moderate one — and why that’s ensured that this primary is the most volatile one since Barry Goldwater won in 1964.

* Good stuff from Bob Shrum, who says the defeaning cries of “class warfare” suggest Obama is doing something right with his new populism, and adds this key point about the current clash between the parties’ ideological visions:

The president increasingly seems to understand that the differences here must be stated and debated and resolved — that here is a fundamental dividing line in our politics and 2012 is the time for Americans to decide.

* Via Benen, a nice take on media derision towards Occupy Wall Street from Dahlia Lithwick:

It takes a walloping amount of willful cluelessness to look at a mass of people holding up signs and claim that they have no message. Occupy Wall Street is not a movement without a message. It’s a movement that has wisely shunned the one-note, pre-chewed, simple-minded messaging required for cable television as it now exists. It’s a movement that feels no need to explain anything to the powers that be, although it is deftly changing the way we explain ourselves to one another.

* And the supercommittee snark of the day, from Josh Marshall: “It seems that renaming Democrats and Republicans the ‘super-committee’ has not resolved the problem of Republicans refusing to raise any taxes ever to restore the country’s fiscal soundness.”

Seriously, why is anyone surprised by this? A 10 year old could have figured out that this was coming.

By  |  07:04 PM ET, 10/27/2011

 
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