* Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein blast false-equivalence to smithereens: Yes, Republicans have taken obstruction to historic heights, and they, not Dems, are at fault for the paralysis that has followed.
We’ve always encouraged young people: Take a shot, go for it, take a risk, get the education, borrow money if you have to from your parents, start a business.
As I’ve been saying, the contrast between Obama's and Romney’s backgrounds is directly relevant to their policy dispute over how best to create opportunity.
* Suzy Khimm has an overview of the Democrats’ three-pronged attack on Republicans in the battle over women, and note how little of the dispute turns on cultural issues.
* Paul Krugman has the chart of the day, which puts today’s disappointing GDP number in perspective by pointing to austerity’s role:
Obama, far from presiding over a huge expansion of government the way the right claims, has in fact presided over unprecedented austerity, largely driven by cuts at the state and local level. And it’s therefore an amazing triumph of misinformation the way that lackluster economic performance has been interpreted as a failure of government spending.
* Dean Baker, on a key messaging goal of respectable conservatives: “to make it intellectually respectable to question whether stimulus spending can boost the economy.”
* Alec MacGillis on why Obama should make climate change central in the campaign, revealing Romney’s rightward lurch on the issue and winning upscale voters to offset losses among blue collar whites.
* It says something that Steve Benen’s Friday tally of Romney’s most glaring falsehoods of the week, which weighs in at 10 items, is a relatively short one.
* The House’s passage of the GOP student loan proposal today means it’s now on Senate Dems to pass their own version, to maximize leverage in the compromise talks that are sure to follow.
* Could opponents of North Carolina’s anti-gay-marriage Amendment One be on the verge of a stunning comeback? Some reasons for cautious optimism.
* Michael Cohen on Joe Biden’s effort to tar Romney as both George W. Bush and Michael Dukakis on foreign policy, and why Dems shouldn’t be too confident they’ve broken the GOP’s hold on the issue.
* And relatedly, an interesting thought for the what-might-have-been files: What if Obama had sold health care reform as merely a gradual expansion of Medicare?