January 22, 2013

A shorter than usual roundup.

* Ed Kilgore tries to disentangle Paul Ryan’s latest “makers versus takers” rhetoric, and the larger significance of continued conservative dodging on the true meaning of this trope.

* Props to Mark Murray for pointing this out: For all the shock about how “liberal” Obama’s speech was, the proposals he detailed in it are actually supported by a majority of Americans.

* Chris Geidner helps unravel the White House position on Prop 8, and reports that gay advocates want Obama to complete yesterday’s historic words by filing a brief declaring it unconstitutional.

* Harry Reid gives Mitch McConnell 36 hours to reach a deal on filibuster reform or face the nuclear option. Most in the reform camp expect a deal.

* Read the House GOP’s bill to suspend the debt ceiling. A vote is set for tomorrow.

* Even the Club for Growth is not requiring House conservatives to oppose the debt limit suspension, yet another measure of what an epic cave this is.

* Paul Krugman: The government spending surge that wasn’t.

* Bloomberg News: The government spending surge that wasn’t.

The key thing to remember is that no matter what the reality, Republicans will accuse Dems of not getting “serious” about spending. But as Bloomberg puts it:

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says it’s time for the president to “get serious about spending.” The budget numbers suggest Barack Obama already has, with beneficial effects on the deficit. Federal outlays over the past three years grew at their slowest pace since 1953-56, when Dwight D. Eisenhower was president.

* Ken Cuccinelli, civil rights martyr.

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Greg Sargent writes The Plum Line blog, a reported opinion blog with a liberal slant -- what you might call “opinionated reporting” from the left.