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Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 10/31/2011

Happy Hour Roundup

* Kevin Drum on why it may be necessary for Obama himself — not his campaign surrogates — to begin arguing that the GOP is deliberately hampering the recovery for political reasons, so that the media can no longer avoid this uncomfortable topic.

* After all, as Steve Benen notes, the notion is slowly going mainstream:

What was once a rarely-asked question, largely confined to lefty blogs, is now a concern being raised by two top officials on the president’s re-election team, two leading Democratic senators, and a wide variety of prominent pundits, including a Pulitzer Prize winner and a Nobel laureate.

* The central question at the heart of Occupy Wall Street, neatly captured in one cartoon panel.

* Another reason the Herman Cain revelations are serious trouble: He was already losing badly to Mitt Romney among Republican women.

* MSNBC’s First Read crew confirms that at least one woman alleging Cain misbehavior received a cash settlement.

* Cain divulges new details that may explain why one of his accusers felt harrassed.

Cain said he recalled just one incident. “She was in my office one day, and I made a gesture saying — and I was standing close to her — and I made a gesture saying you are the same height as my wife. And I brought my hand up to my chin saying, ‘My wife comes up to my chin.’” At that point, Cain gestured with his flattened palm near his chin. “And that was put in there [the complaint] as something that made her uncomfortable,” Cain said, “something that was in the sexual harassment charge.”

* The right continues to claim that income inequality is a myth. Matt O’Brien has an epic post setting the record straight.

* So does Jon Chait.

* I hope Congressional Dems preparing to concede Medicare cuts give serious thought to John Boehner’s explanation for why he doesn’t see a need to compromise on core GOP principles.

* Gallup finds that religious whites continue to tilt heavily Republican.

* And Ron Brownstein explains how that reveals a central fact of our politics: Party identification is still heavily driven by cultural affinities, even amid the worst financial crisis in decades.

* I gave some play to that poll supposedly showing millionaires support higher taxes on themselves, but in fairness, Post polling analyst Scott Clement explains why the poll is not necessarily reliable.

Still, as Clement notes, there appears to be general support among higher income people for high-end tax hikes.

* And the Tweet of the day, from David Roberts, on the right’s increasingly buffoonish campaign to paint Michelle Obama as “angry”:

She’s black & she’s female, ergo she’s “angry.” What more proof do you need?

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