The pundits were out in force this past week clutching their pearls and spewing talking points and nonsense about the jobs numbers released at the end of the week.
The problem with this "Jobs Numbers" meme and how it would dampen any positive vibes from the Democratic convention is that it just doesn't make sense when you think about it logically.
If you follow the "Jobs Numbers" meme it goes something like this - a poor jobs number reported by the federal government on Friday is somehow going to discourage independents and undecided voters that the economy is bad and that Mitt Romney needs to be elected to fix it.
So if I understand this correctly, people who are so tuned out that they haven't really been paying much attention to the Presidential race which has been in their face non-stop for over a year are somehow paying attention to an obscure jobs report number?
The more you think about it, the more you realize how stupid this is. The only way it even makes any sense at all, is if the jobs number is used by the pundits and the "fair and balanced" media to scare the public and make them fear for their jobs or chance of getting a job. They were out in force trying to do this on Friday and over the weekend, however, like I said earlier, they are seemingly trying to reach folks who are by definition tuned-out of things. Getting these people to pay attention and to try to understand a jobs report number is not an easy task.
My thinking is that these people rely on their gut feelings about the economy. How safe do they feel at their jobs. Are their neighbors getting laid off? How many houses went up for sale recently in the neighborhood? These things are a thousand times more crucial about their feelings about the economy than some "jobs number" being reported on the news.
What do you think?