* Bad new poll for Obama: 52 percent of independents say his policies have not helped create jobs. Of course, majorities of indys also supported infrastructure spending and aid to states to ... create jobs, both of which were blocked by Republicans.
GOP strategy worked brilliantly!
* With Mitt Romney announcing today that he generally agrees with Marco Rubio, the Obama camp hits him for not supporting any concrete DREAM leiglation and for previous talk of self-deportation:
“During the primaries, Governor Romney called the DREAM Act a handout and said he would veto it. His ‘solution’ to our immigration challenges was self-deportation. Today he continues to refuse to express support for legislation that lets children who were brought to the U.S. and want to contribute by pursuing higher education or serve in the military stay in America. The President remains committed to passing the DREAM Act, which was drafted with bipartisan support, but he won’t sit back and allow these children to get deported in the face of inaction.”
* David Dayen on the larger context of Obama’s immigration announcement and the shortcomings in his record that helped increase pressure on him to act, culminating in today’s bombshell.
* Relatedly, an important reminder from Glenn Greenwald: Today’s announcement underscores the imperative of keeping the political pressure on.
* Onetime Romney immigration adviser Kris Kobach calls Obama’s new policy “illegal,” which raises a question: How will the right react to Romney’s quasi-embrace of Rubio today?
* Rick Klein: The GOP’s conflicting statements on Obama’s announcement highlight the larger bind the party has created for itself on the issue.
* Alex Koppelman on why the move was good policy and better politics, and the inability of some on the right to restrain themselves from making the GOP’s immigration problem look as ugly as possible.
* Steve Benen’s Friday tally of Romney’s most glaring falsehoods and distortions of the week weighs in at a whopping 21 iterms, and it’s the 22nd installment.
* Ed Kilgore on the meaning of Obama’s speech: It’s all on him to turn this election into a contest of ideas about our economic future and, worse, to persuade the national press that this is what it’s supposed to be.
* Noam Scheiber, on the press corps’ griping about how long and boring Obama’s speech was:
the political press corps should get over itself. These things aren’t entirely about our viewing satisfaction, hard as it may be to believe.
* Jonathan Bernstein on the curious case of the disappearing public option, and the question of whether it can ever reenter the conversation if health reform is repealed — provided liberals don’t let it die.
* And this is just right: “The Daily Heckler.”