THE JOBS REPORT knocked Obamacare out of the conversation, rescuing Mitt Romney from himself. Unemployment remains at 8.2%, with 80,000 jobs created in June.
What’s even more interesting is that Politico went out of their way to post Ralph Nader’s post from July 5th, delighting in their chosen headline, “Ralph Nader: ‘Cowering’ Democrats face defeat.” It was obviously created to get traffic, a constant of big media sites in the hot, slow summer season, in the hopes of keeping revenue from crashing. I’ve never been a fan of Mr. Nader, minus what he’s done on product and automobile safety, but considering he basically writes what I’ve been writing for years I did find the scathing criticism amusing.
The Democrats should be landsliding the worst Republican Party in history. Talk about extremists. There are virtually no moderate or liberal Republicans left in Congress after being driven out by their own party hard-liners. So this Republican Party, united over their extremism, should be very easy to challenge.
[..] There are plenty of bright-line issues for the Democrats. Get tough on Wall Street and corporate crime, protect pensions, end the wars, tax the corporate and wealthy tax-escapees, launch community-based public works programs, provide full Medicare for all, expand health and safety programs, to name a few.
As for the economy, Dean Baker analyzes and highlights what few other do:
It continues to be striking that a disproportionate share of the jobs being created are going to men. This is not due to the comeback of manufacturing and construction. Since December of 2009, manufacturing has added just 496,000 and construction has lost 145,000 jobs. The real story is that men have gotten a hugely disproportionate share of the jobs in industries with more of a gender balance.
For example, in retail since December of 2009, men have gotten 474,000 jobs while women have lost 49,000. Men have gotten 190,000 of the 192,000 jobs created in transportation. In finance they have seen an increase in employment of 123,000 while the number of jobs for women fell by 65,000. It is too early to know if this trend will continue, but the disproportionate growth of jobs for men in these and other areas over the last two and a half years is striking.
[..] Overall, this cannot be seen as a good report. Still, if construction employment had grown in line with spending, health care had been in line with its usual pattern, and there had not been anomalous drops in jobs in educational services (9,600) and transit and ground transportation (7,400), the jobs number would have been close to 150,000. It is still likely that the second half of the year will see job growth in this neighborhood.
Beyond the economy, the vice presidential sweepstakes remains a hot topic among Republicans. Gov. Chris Christie made another spectacle of himself, further removing any possibility he’ll be on Team Romney. Talk about a short fuse. Bill Kristol speculates it could be Condoleezza Rice, even though she said emphatically “no” in an interview with Charlie Rose, which I spotlighted earlier. Just yesterday, Ann Romney said there was indeed a woman being considered, with many thinking it’s Sen. Kelly Ayotte. I’m not budging. Liz Cheney remains the only woman who could be the pitbull required of a running mate, while also soothing the neoconservative beasts. But really, who cares? Can anyone make Mitt Romney exciting?