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I think that's a mistake. But you can't ding President Obama for not more aggressively pushing a plan while ignoring the elephant in the room: the Republicans refusal not only to do anything on job creation but insisting on policies the inevitable outcome of which is to retard job creation.

A week or so after the debt deal, the Post came out with a lengthy, admirably reported story which explained that the debt ceiling debacle wasn't an example of partisanship running off the rails but the product of a considered plan pushed by Eric Cantor for almost a year. It was quality, contextualizing journalism, especially in contrast to the Post's and everyone else's coverage during the debt deal crisis. Far better if that sort of heavily reported truth-telling had informed the coverage during the crisis.

So this time. Yes, criticize Obama for getting convinced not to even introduce a plan in the face of Republican intransigence and hostility to any job creation measures. But let's not forget the real story: Republican intransigence and hostility to any job creation measures.