President Obama is on a three-day bus tour of the Midwest, in which he'll talk about how he'd fix the economy and create jobs if it weren't for those all-no-all-the-time Republicans in Congress. Fox News' Chris Stirewalt writes that, in the wake of the weekend's big stories about Republicans in Iowa, Obama "is engaged for the next three days in what political operatives call 'bracketing' -- a technique by which you horn in on the media attention being paid to your competitor and muck up their message." So what is the GOP going to do? Bracket right back.
Obama opens his roadtrip with a speech in Cannon Falls, Minn., Monday afternoon. But in the hours before Obama's arrival, the Republican National Committee's Reince Priebus hosted a rally in Cannon Falls, kicking off the RNC's own bus tour, to be called the "Debt-End Bus Tour," or "DEBT," the Daily Caller's Amanda Carey reports. And it's airing radio ads in all three states Obama will be traveling in--Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois--plus TV ads in Minnesota and Iowa. Not only will Republicans attack Obama on jobs, they'll also attack the trip "as thinly disguised taxpayer paid campaigning," the Chicago Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet reports.