* A hidden danger in emphasizing deficit reduction over job creation: If the economy doesn’t improve, Obama may end up getting more than his fair share of the blame.
* The Independent Payment Advisory Board is the new death panel.
* Matt Miller thinks every news outlet in the land should blare this message far and wide:
“The House Republican budget adds $6 trillion to the debt in the next decade yet the GOP is balking at raising the debt limit. The House Republican budget adds $6 trillion to the debt in the next decade yet the GOP is balking at raising the debt limit.”
Yes, he said it twice.
* Steve Benen tallies up all the different ways the same Republicans who are now pushing deeply unpopular Medicare changes castigated Dems for ignoring the will of the people on health reform.
* What if people only keep telling pollsters they’re concerned about the deficit because politicans keep telling them they’re supposed to be concerned about it?
* Nancy Pelosi demands that John Boehner disclose the contract details of the deal to pay an outside lawyer up to $500,000 to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court.
* Politifact gives the DCCC a “pants on fire” rating for claming Republicans “voted to end Medicare.”
* JoAnn Kloppenberg requests a recount, which labor wants in order to keep energy running high for the recalls.
* Eric Kleefeld on why the latest Wisconsin GOPer to face an all-but-certain recall election, state senator Alberta Darling, may be more vulnerable than previously thought.
* Chris Bowers reminds us who is really driving the Wisconsin recall train:
You know who made this happen? Thousands of volunteers. They took time off work, family and weekends to knock on doors in the snow (yes, it’s still snowing in Wisconsin) gathering over 150,000 signatures in less than two months. No one ever paid them a dime, but they kept the fight going.
* Lovely: Media outlets can now point to Donald Trump’s showing in the polls as proof that his supposed candidacy is newsworthy, even though they are the ones responsible for his poll showing in the first place.
* Even if the GOP establishment succeeds in killing Trump’s candidacy, they will still be a long way from putting the “birther” genie back in the bottle.
* And today’s roundup is shorter, later and less interesting (I hope) than usual because of tech problems. Apologies.
What else is happening?