"JOBS, JOBS & RE-ELECTIONI MEAN, JOBS"
An elated President Obama will have to be careful not to let the good news blatantly creep its way into his speeches since he may have just gotten the first big break in economic numbers he'd been hoping for. The statistic so often used against the president has dipped below that dreadful number '9.' Here's the breakdown:-Unemployment drops sharply from 9% to 8.6%-Employers added 120,000 jobs last month-Past two months revised to show 72,000 more jobs were added-Unemployment now at its lowest rate in more than 2 1/2 years
What's it all mean? More people either found jobs or gave up looking and were no longer counted as unemployed. That's got the White House giddy despite the fact the true number of unemployed would be significantly higher if taking into account those considered underemployed. This is the fourth straight month that the government has revised its numbers to show even more gains. And if that most simple but scrutinized of figures (8.6% unemployment) continues to decline, expect President Obama to reference it more than Herman Cain does '9,9,9' on the campaign trail. It could be the key to success in retaining the White House, especially if the decline continues.OH TO BE A FLY ON THE WALLAnyone wonder what it's going to be like in the Cain household today when the one-time frontrunner, and many-time accused, Herman Cain sits down with his wife face-to-face for the first time since allegations surface of a 13 year affair with an Atlanta businesswoman? Since we can't be there in person, we've taken the liberty of painting a possible picture instead:
Scene: a spacious Georgian home with a cold, uncomfortable feel; boxes full of autobiographies labeled "This is Herman Cain! My Journey to the White House" are piled in a corner and a variety of Godfather's Pizza magnets decorate the refrigerator. Enter main character through front door.Herman Cain: "Honey, I'm home!"(silence)Cain: "Gloria, you here?"(crickets)Cain: "9-9-9?"(echo)An agitated clearing of the throat breaks the silence, then in a stern tone: Gloria Cain: "Hello, Herman. Is there anything you'd like to tell me?"Outside the sun begins to set, erasing the last bit of light barely reflecting off the side of a large bus sporting a picture of the main character over the large etched words, Cain Train.Fade to black.
NEWT THE ANOINTEDFormer Speaker Gingrich is in the middle of a natural disasterand that's a good thing, he says. While campaigning in Iowa (caucus is now just one month away!) he addressed an excited crowd and reacted with this analysis:"I have to confess that while I was hoping for a wave, we've had sort of a tsunami."And that's done wonders for his self-confidence (although never lacking).Watch Gingrich anoint himself the eventual nominee: But is he making that classic mistake we see in sports tournaments? One team focuses on the finals when it still has to make it through the semi's and then loses because they didn't prepare enough for their current opponent.Gingrich says he's targeting just one: President Obama.But there are seven other GOP contenders that will be taking swipes at the man who's now struggling just to keep up with this sudden surge, since his staff is considered bare bones. Many quit this summer when they didn't feel he was taking the race seriously enough. And according to our partners at POLITICO, it's a whirlwind effort to attend to all the demands of such a high-profile campaign and he'll need a stronger support system if he's to stay near the top for the long haul.LATE NIGHT LAUGHS It's Friday, so let loose and kickoff your weekend with some of the more light-hearted moments of late-night TV while jokers take jabs at the candidates.