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Posted at 06:46 PM ET, 11/19/2012

Happy Hour Roundup

* Gallup finds nearly two thirds believe Obama will sincerely try to work with the opposition, versus 48 percent who think that about the GOP — perhaps giving Obama moral high ground in the fiscal talks.

* Keep an eye on this: Buzzfeed reports that GOP staffers, eager to avoid hiking taxes on the rich, are looking to temporarily postpone action on the fiscal cliff for a year — with another sequester that would threaten cuts that Dems like even less.

But as economist Mark Zandi told me today, temporarily postponing a fiscal cliff resolution risks harming the economy even more.

* Also: As David Dayen notes, Democrats are highly unlikely to agree to a postponement unless a tax hike for the rich is locked in first, and Republicans are highly unlikely to agree to that.

* Ed Kilgore urges us to go bigger on the Twinkie saga: We need to remind Americans that better wages, benefits and working conditions benefit not just workers, but all of us.

* Marco Rubio’s refusal to take a stand on the age of the planet was dispiriting, but Paul Krugman is right: Just as bad is his suggestion that science and tech education don’t have anything to do with the economy.

* Chris Moody on the five things Obama can do about climate change — without any help whatsoever from Congress. This one is key: He should talk about it as much as possible.

* Scott Walker has decided that same day registration in Wisconsin is bad because it results in too many people voting on Election Day — and he may push to do away with it.

* Dismaying (for the GOP, anyway) factoid of the day, courtesy of a GOP strategist quoted by Jonathan Capehart:

Every month for the next two decades, 50,000 Hispanics will turn 18.

Capehart patiently explains the implications: “that’s 50,000 U.S.-born people every month for the next 20 years who become eligible to vote.”

* Relatedly, this quote from GOP strategist Jon McHenry, on the supposed GOP post-election “soul searching,” seems about right:

“We can argue back and forth about policies. But it’s not possible to argue against the math of a changing electorate.”

* And this is welcome: Gallup is reviewing its methodology to determine why they got the election so wrong. Worth remembering how dominant Gallup was in determining the daily political narrative for months.

By  |  06:46 PM ET, 11/19/2012

 
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