* Can Dems even force a Congressional vote on Obama’s whole jobs plan, as the White House hopes? Sam Stein offers a useful map to the legislative labyrinth ahead.
* John Judis on why Obama just might succeed in using the bully pulpit to wrest some job creation proposals out of Republicans to get the economy.
* But John Sides offers a useful overview of the political science literature’s skepticism about the power of the bully pulpit.
* Former Bushie Michael Gerson allows that Obama’s speech was a success, and adds this:
His historical reference to Abraham Lincoln’s program of internal improvements was smart and appropriate. It drove home the point that many modern Republicans — who would doubtlessly regard Lincoln a RINO (Republican In Name Only) — are isolated from the mainstream of their own tradition.
* Charlie Cook: What if voters have simply stopped listening to Obama’s speeches?
* Provocative post from Digby, who seconds part of Cook’s thesis — that the debt ceiling debacle may have been one of those defining moments that sour Americans so badly on our political leaders that the fallout is entirely unpredictable.
* Obama’s jobs tour restarts next week, with trips to Ohio, North Carolina, and then possibly on to swing states like Colorado.
* The number of jobs Obama’s plan would create, as estimated by Mark Zandi: 1.9 million.
.* House Republicans want Obama to submit his actual jobs bill for their consideration, but they are already making it clear they won’t pass it as is.
* Jed Lewison says the GOP’s only signaling openness to passing parts of Obama’s proposal in order to “scuttle the bill without getting blamed for killing it.”
* In the wake of Republicans cheering loudly at Rick Perry’s death penalty answer, lefties launch an interesting campaign: They want moderators at future Republican debates to ask Rick Perry about the execution of an innocent man in Texas.
* Related question: Why wouldn’t the execution of an innocent man in Perry’s state be an issue for religious conservatives?
* Another sign Dems may lose Anthony Weiner’s seat in an upset: The NRCC is now planning to sink resources into the race, which they wouldn't do if they didn’t think they had a shot, though the NRCC won’t reveal how much it’s spending.
* And the snark of the day, from Steve Benen, on Michele Bachmann’s odd attack on Obama’s denunciation of our “political circus,” as well as her claim that the House is the “greatest, most deliberative body in the United States”:
I would love to do a poll, asking which of these two approaches is more appealing to the American mainstream: Obama’s call to “stop the political circus and actually do something to help the economy,” or Bachmann’s insistence that Congress is a really terrific institution.
So would I. What else is happening?