Yesterday, we talked about a new approach to public investment, intended to generate at least some support from congressional Republicans. The pitch is pretty straightforward: have the White House take the several hundred letters GOP lawmakers have sent to the executive branch since 2009, asking for public investments, followed by President Obama announcing he’ll gladly fund all of the Republicans’ requests that have not yet been filled.

The point, of course, is to bring together the GOP demand for funding job-creating projects (in their states and districts) and the Democratic demand to give the economy an immediate boost. Republicans submitted the requests for public investments; all officials have to do now is approve them.

As it turns out, Rachel Maddow liked my idea, and she and I talked about it last night on the air. If you missed it, here’s the clip:

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Just a couple of things to note. First, I know I talk too fast, so there’s no need to point this out. Second, I’m not quite this pale in real life, but the lights are unflattering.

And third, long-time readers will note the absence of the fake-book backdrop, which came as something of a relief to me.

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.