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Once more on Mitt Romney and his jobs trope: Michael Tomasky writes in his new blog at The Daily Beast apropos conservative efforts to compare apples and oranges, the Bush crash of 2008 and the Reagan recession of 1981-82:

Put it like this. In 1981, the house was on fire. Democrats did a lot of finger-pointing, but at the end of the day, enough of them did help unfurl the hose. In 2009, the house was ablaze again, and the fire was more intense. And Republicans went down to the basement, turned the water off at its source, and sat back hoping to see the flames spread.

President Obama makes the same point, although in a far less blunt fashion, in his newest ad (and also confronts Romney’s silly contention that there is no Obama jobs plan):