* Must read from Ron Brownstein on how GOP scandal overreach risks empowering the party’s extreme factions, setting the stage for failure to moderate on key issues, harming the party in future national elections.
* Steve Benen makes a good point: The Beltway narrative schizophrenia I talked about earlier is really rooted in media laziness. As Steve says:
Indeed, in this case, the critiques are especially incoherent since the so-called “scandals” generating so much chatter about “a White House in crisis” don’t actually relate much to the White House. None of the stories — Benghazi, the IRS, AP subpoenas — points to a tyrannical dictator or a hapless onlooker.
To connect three disparate stories of varying degrees of legitimacy and importance into a mega-scandal is lazy. So, too, is the embrace of competing narratives that cancel each other out.
Yes. And it makes folks more prone to overlook the actual factual details underpinning them.
* Ezra Klein on what Obama would say if he really went Bulworth. Note in particular what he would say to the Green Lanternites.
* Harry Reid, angry at GOP obstructionism of Obama’s nominees for secretary of labor and EPA chief, is again supposedly really getting serious about revisiting filibuster reform:
Democrats say that Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, in recent days has been trying to gauge whether there is sufficient support among Democrats to force a rule change that would limit the filibuster on presidential nominees. He could conceivably try to enact a rule change with a simple majority – a tactic known as “the nuclear option.”
Okay. No more threats to revisit rules reform unless you really mean them.
* A new survey finds that while employers are worried about costs rising under Obamacare, very few of them intend to drop health benefits for workers as a result, which suggests we may not see major disruptions in at least one key area.
* Organizing for Action, Obama’s reconfigured campaign arm, comes under fire from environmentalists for refusing to get involved in the battle against Keystone XL, raising fears that he will green-light the project.
* OFA pushes back, arguing it never said it would get involved in the Keystone battle, and urging liberals to join groups that are willing to make that fight.
* Digby predicts massive blowback on the left if Obama signs off on Keystone.
* By the way: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has developed a strange habit: He has taken to talking about climate change on the Senate floor once a week, on Thursdays. Today’s speech is here. Remember: getting public officials to talk about the issue is a good way to get more media coverage of it.
* Excellent David Dayen dive into the IRS story: “The real IRS scandal: Targeting by class.”
* The bipartisan Gang of Eight stayed unified today in rebuffing still more efforts by far right Senators to derail immigration reform, suggesting yet again that a bipartisan coalition is holding together and that reform really could pass the Senate.
Again: all the scandal euphoria is about to run headlong into the question of whether Republicans can get immigration reform past House conservatives, or take the blame for killing it.
* And a blow by blow guide to every single House GOP vote to repeal Obamacare. All three dozen of them.
Oh wait: make that 37.