Archive for October, 2012
In an evenly divided country with a divided government there are worse things than a President without core ideological convictions who is willing to compromise and govern based on pragmatic politics and the polls. What is specifically worse, is a dogmatic President who does not. The polls are, after all, indicative of the will of the majority.
Based on their relative performance in the Democratic Convention, Bill Clinton is a more effective advocate for reelecting Barack Obama than is Barack Obama. But when Barack Obama campaigns with Bill Clinton he runs the risk of reminding voters that Mitt Romney is more likely to be a ”Clintonesque” President than Barack Obama has proven to be over the last four years.
The New Yorker is as good a place as any to start a round-up of reactions to the first Obama – Romney debate… The reaction on the right was a predictable and consistent mixture of triumphalism and relief, best exemplified by the opening minutes of The Colbert Report. The response on the left was more interesting, spanning a wide range of rationalizations and emotions including: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.
114,000 jobs added in September. Not bad, but not great. However, July and August both got BIG revisions upward. 41K more for July and 46K more for August. That puts them at 181K and 142K respectively. Those are starting to look like decent numbers, and may bode well for a September revision upward. Here are [...]