* Great stuff from Jonathan Cohn, who attempts a novel approach to Obama’s speech: Taking a stand on whether Obama’s claims about Mitt Romney’s policies were, you know, true.
* Ezra Klein, on Obama’s speech:
The Obama campaign’s line of attack does point to a difficulty for the Romney campaign in the coming months: Where can they show a sharp break with the policies of the Bush administration?
Good question! One hopes Bob Schieffer will ask it this Sunday.
*What would Romney...have done differently to pull the country out of recession?
*If Romney were to scrap the Dodd-Frank law, as he promises, what “common sense” reforms would he replace it with...?
*Where is his math showing how his policies would balance the federal budget?
* Democratic pollster Peter Hart says his focus grouping shows Obama is missing the mark with the middle class. Advice:
“He needs to be out there feeling what they are feeling — a lot of pain, a lot of hurt, a lot of uncertainty.”
Romney has decided how he will portray Obama — as a socialist who hates business — and any facts that go against that are not just ignored; they are actually inverted to their opposite...He’ll do it as long as the press remains supine in their false equivalence.
Exhibit A: Romney’s recent claim that Obama is the most anti-business president in recent history provoked barely a raised eyebrow.
* Jamelle Bouie runs through Romney’s plans and asks: Would they actually solve any of the country’s problems?
* Ed Kilgore on why Romney’s health care plan isn’t “repeal and replace,” or even “repeal and do nothing,” but rather “repeal and reverse.”
* Kevin Drum:
Romney has no intention of preventing insurance companies from denying coverage to people with preexisting conditions. His party wouldn’t allow it, he doesn’t really care about it, and it’s basically impossible as a standalone policy anyway. He knows this. Everyone covering his campaign knows it. But the rules of engagement prevent anyone from plainly saying so.
* David Dayen on the defense industry’s threat to send out layoff notices right before the election to ward off squestered cuts. As Digby puts it: “And they call the unions thuggish.”
* And Mike Tomasky tells all the Dem handwringers to shut the heck up already and get out there and attack.