JUST POSTED ON TAP ONLINE: DEBATING THE MIDDLE. Today's David Brooks column that Ezra discusses below referenced Monday's TAP Online piece by Steve Rose, but Brooks didn't mention that Rose's article is part of an ongoing debate we're hosting about the fate of the middle class and the appropriate political message for middle-income Americans. Here's the page for that debate. In addition to Rose and Larry Mishel's opening salvos and Matt's offering from Tuesday, responses from Jeff Madrick, Jacob Hacker, and Jason Furman are now included. The page will be continuously updated as further responses -- from other contributors as well as Rose and Mishel themselves -- are added, and a link to the debate will remain available on the Prospect's main page. Give it a look.