Sort of a starting pistol this year for the 2012 Presidential campaign; it’ll certainly be anticipated all across the land, as many media reports about last night are going to need to know whether it’s going to be… well. It’ll either be slightly more cruddy than normal, slightly less cruddy than normal, or about as cruddy as normal – but that will have an effect on various front pages this morning.
I think that it was the Zero Hedge blog that noted that the President certainly knew last night what the BLS report was going to be this morning; it’ll be interesting to see whether he ended up telegraphing that and we didn’t see it at the time.
[UPDATE] Speaking as an American: …awwwwwww crap.
Jobs report +96K, below expectations. Unemployment rate down to 8.1% with almost 400k people having given up looking for work.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) September 7, 2012
Man, BLS just gave a killer response to last night’s State of the Union address.
— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) September 7, 2012
That explains it.The President got an advance on the jobs report and it had to have thrown off his performance.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) September 7, 2012
And one that has a special resonance for me:
— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) September 7, 2012