Citing the new jobs report, a Democratic bundler talks of the G.O.P.'s 'fatal mistake'
In state after state in the Republican presidential primary, the state of the economy has been the top issue. The general is very much setting up to track with the economy, and preceptions about the president's handling of it, too.
The latest jobs report, showing that the country added more than 200,000 private-sector jobs for three straight months, is good news for Democrats. The developments in the report are incremental and the overall unemployment rate is still high, which is why it's too early for the Obama administration to make any definitive claims of success.
But it seems to be encouraging Democrats to turn up the volume, a little.
"It's great news for the country and the most important aspect is that we're seeing continued growth of private-sector jobs," said Robert Zimmerman, a Democratic National Committee member and Long Island-based bunder. "Obviously no one believes that this is sufficient but it's very, very encouraging for the country, the economy and the spirits."
He also said the debate about the economy would be the other party's undoing.
"Republicans make a fatal mistake talking the economy down to justify their agenda, especially when they bring no credibility to the debate," he said. "[They're] still trying to sell us on the Bush economic agenda."