[with contributions from Matt O'Brien and Darius Tahir] Another busy news day with no shortage of issues to cover: New figures on the economy, an initiative on student loans from the administration, and suggestions that the Affordable Care Act imposes a marriage penalty. The law does that, in a sense, although there are reasons why – and, more important, reasons why it’s not the problem it seems. But you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to hear about that. I’m still preoccupied with reporting a feature. But I do want to say something more about Mitt Romney.
As soon as news leaked that Chris Christie was going to say (again) that he wasn’t running for president, the press immediately began beating itself up for paying any attention to the drama in New Jersey.
-- My TRB column, on the heartbreaking plight of the moderately rich. -- Steve Kornacki: Gingrich's rehabilitation was always a myth. -- The stealth revolution in open learning. -- Mark Bittman visits Detroit.
I must have seen ten articles in the last week explaining why President Obama will lose the November 2012 election; or at the least, how he could lose. Most have been by conservative pundits, but a few have also been by Democrats. I certainly agree that he could lose, but it’s a question of how. I want to consider one of these articles—by Salon’s news editor Steve Kornacki.
-- Jon Cohn dares you to raise his taxes. -- I should name my blog “Screaming Into the Darkness.” -- Steve Kornacki takes a trip down memory lane to revisit the GOP's doomsday warnings over the Clinton tax plan.
I've been waiting for my months-long campaign of pronouncing Mitt Romney a dead man walking to provoke some kind of backlash, and it's finally arrived. Steve Kornacki argues that Republicans frequently choose nominees with major ideological apostasies: John McCain, who was championing a Ted Kennedy-backed immigration reform plan when the '08 process began (and immigration was hardly his only problem), is the extreme example. Bob Dole, once dubbed "the tax collector for the welfare state" by Newt Gingrich, was hardly a perfect fit for the rabidly anti-government Republican Party of 1996.
-- Yossi Klein Halevi sends a letter to Imam Faisal Rauf. -- Steve Kornacki corrects Haley Barbour's "new fake racial history." -- Jan Brewer has some trouble with her opening statement.