wpostServer: http://css.washingtonpost.com/wpost2

Most Read: Opinions

direct signup

Today’s Opinions poll

Should Congress deal with the immigration crisis -- tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors at the border -- before its August recess?

Submit
Next
Review your answers and share

Join a Discussion

There are no discussions scheduled today.

Weekly schedule, past shows

ThePlumLIneGS whorunsgov plumline
Posted at 06:27 PM ET, 06/04/2012

Happy Hour Roundup

* More and more Mitt Romney surrogates in key swing states are grappling with a profound dilemma: Figuring out how to bash Obama on the economy when it’s improving in their home states.

* Kevin Drum sums up the GOP strategy of the last three years:

1. Do everything humanly possible to prevent the economy from recovering.
2. Wait for 2012.
3. Run a campaign focused on the fact that the economy is lousy.

* Mitch McConnell denies the Dem charge that Republicans are rooting for the economy to fail:

“That is absolutely preposterous. If Republicans wanted failure we would support this president’s misguided policies.”

And into the fun house we go. Much of Obama’s second round of job creation policies, of course, never passed into law thanks to GOP opposition, which some economists think is one of the reasons for our current woes. Not only that, but some Senate Republicans did once support some of those policies as good ways to create jobs, such as investing in the nation’s infrastructure, before they had Obama’s name on them.

* Bill Clinton on the GOP embrace of austerity: “The Republican Congress and their nominee for President, Gov. Romney, have adopted Europe’s economic policies.”

And yet we keep being told Obama wants to turn America into Europe.

* Ezra Klein on why you shouldn’t read too much into the awful May jobs report.

* Pat Garofalo on a new Citizens for Tax Justice study that finds that Romney’s own taxes would drop by $5 million, even higher than previously thought, under his own plan.

* Caitlin Huey-Burns previews how Scott Walker will spin the meaning of a victory tomorrow:

“I think it will have implications for everybody’s election in America...voters are sending a message that if you’re willing to take on tough challenges, voters are willing to stand with you.”

* Will Oremus tries to tell commentators who will ignore his every word that tomorrow’s Wisconsin results will tell us exactly nothing about this fall’s presidential election.

* With a Walker victory tomorrow seeming likely, Michael O’Brien tallies up organized labor’s disappointments in the Obama era, and it isn’t a pretty picture.

* But even if Walker wins, Katrina Vanden Heuvel explains, another important story is that the last 15 months of organizing have left the progressive movement broader and deeper than it was before.

* All of Claire McCaskill’s potential GOP opponents have come out against the Paycheck Fairness Act, another sign it’s gaining traction as an issue in Senate races.

* Bryce Covert on why the Paycheck Fairness Act is sound long term policy for women — and very good long term politics for Dems.

* And Steve Benen on the meaning of the Mann/Ornstein Sunday show blackout: “if you accurately hold Republicans responsible for their misconduct, without blaming Democrats with equal force, you’ll be shunned.”

What else?

By  |  06:27 PM ET, 06/04/2012

 
Read what others are saying
     

    © 2011 The Washington Post Company