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Posted at 06:57 PM ET, 11/01/2012

Happy Hour Roundup

* Mitt Romney plans to campaign in Pennsylvania this weekend. Does this mean Romney’s expanding the map? He’s behind by 4.6 in the state in the RCP average and by nearly five in Pollster.com’s average.

It’s hard to see how spending valuable time with only a few days left in a state where you’re trailing by that margin constitutes a sign of strength. Maybe internal GOP polling is finding something we don’t know about, but this could just as easily mean Romney’s running out of paths to 270.

* A new CNN poll finds Obama up by two among Colorado likely voters, 50-48, and by eight among registered voters, 52-44. The RCP average shows Obama up by just under one point.

* Gallup: U.S. unadjusted unemployment is down to 7 percent. Tomorrow there will be the usual full scale freakout about the jobs numbers, but they are very unlikely to matter.

* Some nice reporting from Michael Cohen on the sheer ubiquity of the Obama camp’s ground game in Wisconsin, and why that could make a difference, even given GOP improvements.

* Kevin Drum on the bizarre refusal of centrists to acknowledge that on economic policy, Obama is basically one of them.

* What do Republicans do when faced with a nonpartisan report finding no correlation between high income tax rates and economic growth? They make it magically disappear.

* As Steve Benen notes, the disappearing report is part of a larger pattern:

We simply cannot have a functioning federal system in which neutral, independent offices are ignored, pressured, and/or censored when Republicans don’t like what they have to say. We’ve now seen this recently with the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Congressional Budget Office, and democratic norms dictate that GOP officials cut this out. Really, just stop it. If objective truths bother you, don’t blame the messenger, blame your bogus assumptions.

* Jim Tankersley has a good piece on Romney’s fraudulent plan to create 12 million jobs:

Mitt Romney’s plan to create 12 million jobs in his first term relies on two kinds of policies: ones that are politically improbable, bordering on the impossible, and ones that will be in place no matter who wins next week’s presidential election.

This plan is the centerpiece of Romney’s whole case for the presidency — it’s his main blueprint for dealing with the most pressing problem the country faces — yet the fact that his own campaign could not back up its promises is apparently of no real interest to the national news media.

* Reid Pillifant on the tension between Obama’s commitment to climate change and its absence from the presidential race.

* Nice Ed Kilgore post on the depressing appeal that the GOP’s neat trick — grind government to a halt and then blame Obama for not changing Washington — holds for undecided voters.

* And Nate Cohn explains why Romney is doing well in national early voting numbers, and why they’re wholly irrelevant.

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