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Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 08/25/2011

The Morning Plum

* Liberals raise over $100,000 for Elizabeth Warren: First look: Progressive groups will announce today that they’ve raised $105,657 for Elizabeth Warren’s expected Senate run against Scott Brown, I’m told, in an effort to show she’ll be able to compete with the Massachusetts Senator’s fundraising juggernaut by relying on liberals and Dems from around the country.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee tells me that its “draft Warren” campaign has raised that amount for Warren via fundraising clearinghouse ActBlue, which will deliver a check today to Warren’s campaign and announce that the sum constitutes the largest and fastest draft fund in its history.

“This early influx of small-dollar contributions proves that, when she decides to run for Senate and take on Scott Brown and his corporate backers, an unprecedented grassroots army of regular people will be standing with her,” emails PCCC co-founder Stephanie Taylor.

The PCCC is hoping that the show of money will help persuade Warren to make the run. Though Brown will have a big edge in fundraising from the financial sector because of Warren’s confrontational posture towards Wall Street, that reputation also means she’d be able to rely on her grassroots following on the left to fund her challenge — another factor that would make this race an epic, nationally-watched contest.

* Sorry, conservatives, people DO blame Bush for the economy: Depending on the day, you’ll find conservatives alternately struggling hard to debunk this truth or asserting that it has no political relevance whatsoever. But yet another poll, this one from the Associated Press, finds that the American people still blame Bush far more than Obama for the state of the economy, with 51 percent blaming the former president and 31 percent blaming our current one.

* But Obama still struggling badly on economy: The poll also finds that approval of Obama on the economy has slipped to only 36 percent, a new low in AP polling, and the number among Democrats who approve of him on the issue has slipped eight points since June, to 58 percent.

* How Rick Perry can beat Mitt Romney: Nate Silver games out Perry’s roadmap to defeating Romney: Beat Romney in Iowa, clearing the field of other conservatives, making it possible for Perry to overcome Romney’s lead in New Hampshire, leading GOPers to give up on Romney as finished.

* But Perry could also flame out: Of course, there’s also precedent for candidates emerging in GOP primaries as the Great Conservative Hope only to rapidly flame out under the intense scrutiny a presidential primary brings.

* House Republicans taking heat over economy: It looks like House Republicans at home in their districts are getting a real earful from constituents angry about the economy and unemployment, a suggestion that they, too, could find themselves punished in 2012 if Congress doesn’t act on jobs.

The question is whether this will be enough to spur them to embrace any of Obama’s job-creation proposals.

* Dems should keep hammering GOP over payroll tax cut: Jonathan Chait says Dems have a major opening to highlight the GOP’s true priorities:

Republicans favor a more regressive tax code, and resent the middle- and low-income earners’ lower tax rate than faced by the rich. Cutting taxes for the rich is always the party’s highest priority ... this does seem to be an incredibly powerful political message for Democrats, one they ought to highlight from now until the election in order to demonstrate the real nature of the GOP’s position on taxes.

Yes, and Dems should also continue to highlight Grover Norquist’s hypocrisy on the issue, too.

* The Incredible, Shrinking Tea Party: An intriguing point from Dave Weigel: While it does seem like the Tea Party’s influence is waning, that also may be because mainstream Republicans essentially adopted its ideas as their own , another sign of the GOP’s rightward lurch.

* Will Obama be a “great” foreign policy president? Michael Tomasky makes the case that the Libya events show that Obama’s “doctrine of no docrine” is far superior to the “Bush doctrine,” and could remake how we view our role in the world.

* What progressives overlook about Obama: Glenn Greenwald offers an extensive rebuttal to Tomasky, arguing that we don’t know where events are headed in Libya and that the consequences of waging the war without Congressional auhorization are still unknown.

* And meet the new welfare queens: Ed Kilgore on the real meaning of the 2012 GOP candidates’ ongoing lament that half the country doesn’t pay any income taxes: The new welfare queens are the working poor.

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By  |  08:45 AM ET, 08/25/2011

 
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