I was going to write more posts, but I was not able to close off debate on a motion to proceed. So you’ll have to settle for the links (there may be some weekend stories in here as well):

• Joe Biden was making with the happy talk on Friday, predicting decent job growth up to a half-million new jobs per month before long. I’m sure he knows more than I know, and I certainly hope he’s right. But outside of some decent consumer spending numbers, I don’t see much reason for this kind of optimism. Indeed, higher productivity isn’t leading to more hiring, but leading to employers doing more with less.

• Here’s President Obama’s Vote 2010 pitch. Basically, they want to find people who voted for him, and turn them out again. Cynthia Kouril described it pretty well. I don’t think there’s any hope that you’re going to get the same kind of Obama surge for a Larry Kissell. Basing an electoral strategy on the kind of voters who don’t traditionally turn out for midterm elections was always going to lead to this. It’s why even long-time incumbents are in some trouble.

• Ben Smith seems to think that the SEIU Presidential race is a done deal, and that Mary Kay Henry, a California nurses leader, has the job, but Andy Stern says it’s not over. As the Henry pick over Stern protege Anna Burger would represent a partial repudiation of Stern’s leadership, he has a reason to say that.

Tom Tancredo and the conservative newspaper the Arizona Republic both criticized the state’s new “papers please!” immigration law. Wow. Meanwhile, a new candidate has entered the Democratic race for US Senate, directly responding to the immigration law. His name is Randy Parraz. Here’s why he’s running.

• The White House really wants to change perceptions about the auto company bailout, highlighting GM’s early payback of loans. I noticed that nobody mentions Chrysler in this context. But GM has done a good job.

• Bill Halter and Blanche Lincoln had two debates over the weekend, actually, and Halter reportedly won big in the second one. At least one of his potential Republican challengers is afraid of him winning the primary.

This story about Afghanistan will drive you to drink. Apparently the ballyhooed Marja offensive is not holding, and we’re hearing the same “make or break” rhetoric about the Kandahar offensive, except Marja broke and that yielded no change in strategy. And NATO can’t come up with the trainers to let the troops go.

• Rep. Betty Sutton fights back against the sexism of the GOP, calls for firings. It’s good to see a Democratic hissy fit for a change.

• Putting out a statement about the Armenian genocide without calling it a genocide, the way President Obama did over the weekend, makes approximately nobody happy.

• Russ Feingold’s first TV ad positions him as an outsider who opposed the Wall Street bailout.

• I wouldn’t mind seeing a vote on Dianne Feinstein’s Health Insurance Rate Authority, but I doubt it could pass at this point. Too little, too late on that front.

• More ads: Alexi Giannoulias tries to save his political career with a “Checkers speech” ad about his family’s failed bank; and ConservaDem Dan Mongiardo in Kentucky proudly opposes cap and trade.

• Ask Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chris Christie: you pick a fight with teachers, you’re likely to lose.

• Martha Coakley: terrible candidate, pretty good Attorney General. So good, in fact, that she might not even have an opponent for re-election in November.

• Get ready for Decision Points, the memoir from George W. Bush. Available wherever unmemorable books are sold.

• I can’t believe death by firing squad is still legal anywhere in the US. Who exactly wants to pull the trigger on that?

• Fun story about a random hiker running into the First Family while walking through the Blue Ridge Mountains.

David Dayen

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