* I agree that Mitt Romney’s comments about firing people were taken out of context, but it’s amusing to hear Romney himself plead for context, given his campaign’s boasting about that egregiously dishonest ad attacking Obama.
* Jonathan Cohn gets to the heart of what was really wrong with Romney’s “fire people” remark: It revealed how bad his ideas are for health care reform.
* Also: Igor Volsky notes that Romney was really saying people should pay more for their health care.
* Noam Scheiber has a good quick take on the pick of White House chief of staff Jack Lew, and why liberals may or may not (given his Citigroup past) see him as preferable to Daley.
* What Bill Daley taught the White House: Making nice with powerful interests bent on destroying you is folly.
* Environmentalists have two words for Daley, who presided over the controversial decision to delay tougher EPA smog rules that the business community hated: Good riddance.
* A few diehard conservative bloggers are politely telling their colleagues that attacking Mitt Romney’s Bain years — questioning whether they complicate his electability or constitute good experience for the presidency — is not anti-capitalist at all. See Dan Riehl and William Jacobson.
* GOP strategist Matthew Dowd says the changing demographics of the GOP primary electorate mean the attacks on Romney’s Bain years could actually damage him among Republican voters.
* Andrew Leonard says the GOP attacks on Romney’s Bain years show that the ghost of Gordon Gekko has finally been banished for good.
* Jim Tankersley sees only one possible way at this point for Romney to regain control of the Bain narrative:
Romney needs to persuade voters that the nation is in effect a distressed company — a risky bet for any investor — and that his resume qualifies him uniquely to turn it around.
* A new CBS poll finds that an astonishing 58 percent of Republicans are still pining for another candidate to enter the primary, evidence of lackluster feeling about the current field (and perhaps the frontrunner).
* And could a quick Romney GOP primary victory help Dems keep the Senate? Some Dem strategists say this scenario is not out of the realm of possibility — and the Tea Party is the reason why.
What else is happening?