* Dylan Byers can’t get the Sunday shows to explain why they refuse to discuss the too-hot-to-handle Mann/Ornstein thesis that, yes, one side is far more to blame for what’s gone wrong in Washington than the other.
* Paul Krugman, on the Mann/Ornstein Sunday show blackout:
When future historians write about the fall of the American Republic, they will of course lay primary blame on the extremists of the right, who set out deliberately to destroy it. But they will also lay heavy blame on all the “centrists” and Serious People who not only refused to admit what was happening, but ostracized and silenced anyone who tried to point it out.
* And speaking of false equivalences, as Suzy Khimm notes, one of the defining truths of our politics today is that Democrats are in fact open to entitlements cuts, while Republicans just aren’t open to tax hikes.
* Which brings us to the coinage of the day: Steve Benen on “asymetrical debt reduction warfare.”
* David Dayen notes the downside of what Khimm points out: It shows how far Dems have moved to the right, with little to show for it from the GOP in return.
* Digby says the entitlement cuts fix is in.
* Takedown of the day: The Associated Press’s brutal fact check of Romney’s big “prairie fire of debt” speech.
* Obama tells House GOP leaders that holding America’s credit rating and economy hostage for more deep spending cuts is “not acceptable ,” and it’s still unclear if Mitt Romney fully endorses the Boehner position.
* The left’s next fight: CREDO Action gears up to pressure Dems not to cave to the House GOP’s drive to undo defense cuts and replace them with cuts to social programs.
* Romney has been been hammering the “Obama economy.” Joe Biden’s response: Embrace the contrast between “Obama economics” and “Romney economics.”
* Smart point from Josh Kraushaar, who notes that Romney’s attacks over the debt are filling a specific purpose: They give Romney something to say in states where the economy is doing better.
* Nate Silver on why you shouldn’t read much into the tightening of the presidential race, and why all that matters now are Obama’s approval numbers and the possibility of economic jolts from abroad.
* Headline of the day, courtesy of Bloomberg News, on the latest twist in the Scott Walker recall fight:
Walker Dislikes Job Numbers, So He’ll Put Out His Own
* That happened today, and labor asks: Why did Walker release unofficial jobs data one day before the official release of federal stats, which have shown Wisconsin’s job growth to be worst in the nation?
* Rick Ungar pulls back the curtain on Walker’s jobs number magic.
* And a trend worth watching: More House Dem candidates are following Elizabeth Warren’s lead and seizing on the J.P. Morgan debacle to revive Wall Street accountability as a driving campaign issue.