Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington:
Any TGIF greeting today must be tempered by the sluggish jobs data in the latest government unemployment report. Yes, the economy is adding jobs. But at an anemic pace, so the unemployment rate stays at 9.6 percent and those projections of high unemployment through 2014 are sadly gaining more credibility. There are a lot of negative ads and debates to come in the final days of the campaign, but this limping economy is and will remain the major force in the midterms. On to the bullet points: Jane in points two and three takes issue with the GOP’s budget math and one of its rising stars. In blocking that tunnel project, Gov. Christie is applying what he sees as the political lessons of the Massachusetts “Big Dig” financing problems. Erick’s No. 1 is part of the right’s focus on a potential Democratic blunder in the CA governor’s race, and his No. 2 underscores the role of the economy in our politics, now and always. Enjoy the weekend. – John King
RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:
– Why do feminist groups give passes to Democrats who call Republican women whores?
– The jobs numbers will not help the Democrats. At least in 1994 the economy had mostly recovered by October and unemployment had dropped significantly.
– Charlie Crist cannot throw a baseball.
Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher: