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Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 06/07/2012

Happy Hour Roundup

1. Andrew Sprung compiles the “Romney Rules” — how Mitt Romney believes he should be entitled to play the game of presidential politics.

2. Is Wisconsin now in play for Romney? Michael McDonald looks at the numbers and says it isn’t, unless the election is going to Romney anyway.

3. But you may be interested in the exit polling from Wisconsin anyway; Chris Cillizza and the Post’s polling folks have you covered over at The Fix.

4. Nate Silver’s initial election forecast has Barack Obama as the slightest of favorites. For what it’s worth, my completely subjective reading of the polls and the other information so far leads me to the same conclusion, if I had to guess.

5. If Obama does win, it’s likely because voters remember George W. Bush. Steve Kornacki explains why Bush helps Obama — but that there’s not much more Obama can probably do to make Bush a bigger factor.

6. How coordination between campaigns and outside groups gets easier and easier all the time, regardless of the intent of the law. Key point to add: Even if both sides wanted to update the law as technology changes, it’s almost always impossible to come up with party-neutral reforms, so it just doesn’t happen.

7. Nicholas Beaudrot has an excellent point about the European Central Bank: It’s doing exactly what it’s supposed to be doing — which unfortunately for the U.S. economy doesn’t put much of a priority on, you know, economic growth.

8. There’s been another round of “what should Obama have done in 2009 and 2010?” that focused particularly on whether there was a trade-off between health-care reform and the economy. I think Kevin Drum gets it right.

9. Um, no, Joe Scarborough, the New York Times hasn’t been including Mitt Romney’s massive wealth in their coverage because of partisan bias. Dylan Byers explains.

10. Josh Kraushaar on how the new California “top-two” voting rules seem to be playing out so far. This is a big story: We’re talking about some one-seventh of the entire House of Representatives.

11. I highly recommend Mike Konzcal’s interview with former Fed staffer Joseph Gagnon. Big question: Why aren’t liberals more focused on monetary policy?

12. More on economics: Jason Linkins has a nice follow-up to Greg’s item from earlier today interviewing two economists on Romney’s economic plans. If it’s all about the aggregate demand, then we’re talking about demand denialism.

13. Paul Waldman on “radical individualism.”

14. Hans Noel’s comments on Mann and Ornstein’s “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks” — and what we can do about it (although I don’t entirely agree, it’s an important discussion to be having).

15. And E.J. Graff reviews an important new book: “Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution — How a Despised Minority Pushed Back, Beat Death, Found Love, and Changed America for Everyone,” by Linda Hirshman.

Update: Apologies for the broken links; they’re all fixed.

By  |  06:20 PM ET, 06/07/2012

 
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