So much for scaring old people. Gallup finds older voters prefer the Paul Ryan budget over the Obama budget. Plus: “The same USA Today/Gallup survey, conducted April 20-23, finds Republicans holding a significant edge over Democrats in public perceptions of which party would do the better job of dealing with the federal budget. Nearly half of Americans, 48% prefer the Republicans in Congress on this question, while 36% favor the Democrats in Congress.”

So much for Obama’s attacks on Ryan’s Medicare proposal. James Capretta tells us: “[T]hose who are attacking the Ryan Medicare plan have a serious problem. They, starting with the president, have made a huge political issue of how that plan indexes the government’s contribution for Medicare coverage. But their own experts believe Obamacare, under certain conditions, does exactly the same thing.”

So much for Virginia “going Blue.” Peter Wehner says a lot of the credit goes to Gov. Bob McDonnell (R): “Governor McDonnell is serious and sober, fluent and knowledgeable on the issues, an engaging and likable fellow. He also, and most importantly, has amassed an impressive governing record in a short period of time. For example, he reduced state spending to 2006 levels by cutting $6 billion out of two budgets while defeating attempts to levy a $2 billion increase in the state income tax. (McDonnell inherited a budget deficit of more than $4 billion; today the state has a surplus and has demonstrated remarkable revenue growth.) The state unemployment rate has dropped to 6.3 percent today from 7.2 percent in February 2010. . . . He had arguably the most successful first legislative session of any Virginia governor in modern history.” No wonder he’s got a 66 percent approval rating.

So much for the “backlash” against Ryan’s plan. Watch how NBC News covered his town hall meetings.

So much for the conservative obsession with birtherism. “According to data from the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism reviewed by the Poynter Institute’s Julie Moos, MSNBC had the most coverage, far ahead of Fox or CNN. ‘While MSNBC’s coverage may have been devoted to questioning or debunking the president’s citizenship issues, that network spent the most time discussing it,’ said Mark Jurkowitz, associate director of PEJ.” See, if Obama watched less MSNBC, he’d have a better impression of the media.

So much for the power of Big Labor. Gov. John Kasich (R) wins on merit pay for teachers in Ohio. “Ohio’s new law to limit collective bargaining for public workers could make it the first state with a mandatory system to pay teachers based on their performance.The measure passed by the Republican-led Legislature and signed by GOP Gov. John Kasich bans strikes by public workers and replaces automatic pay increases with merit raises or performance pay.”

So much for the “recovery.” “The Fed cut its growth estimate for 2011 to between 3.1 percent and 3.3 percent from a January forecast of 3.4 percent to 3.9 percent. The Fed also raised its estimate of inflation this year to a range of 2.1 percent to 2.8 percent, taking into account a recent surge in oil prices. However, it bumped its core inflation forecasts only marginally to a 1.3 percent to 1.6 percent range. As for unemployment, it lowered its forecast but said it would stay elevated over its three-year forecast period. For 2011, the Fed said it expects the unemployment rate to land in a 8.4-8.7 percent range, better than a range of 8.8-9.0 percent forecast in January. “ No wonder Obama wants to talk about birthers.

So much for the White House communications strategy: “It was reasonable for the White House to counteract the conspiracy types by releasing the original certificate. . . . Less evident is why Obama felt he needed to lower himself by appearing in the briefing room, escorted by his chief of staff, to defend himself against the birthers.” Maybe he’s just a desperate liberal pol? (Dana points out that Obama had his facts wrong on media coverage of the birthers.) Okay, a desperate liberal pol who play fast and loose with the facts.