With today’s positive jobs report, and unemployment down to 7.8 percent (cracking the 8 percent barrier featured in GOP ads), cue the right-wing conspiracy theorists—it’s all a plot by Obama to help his re-election bid. They over-sampled the employed?
The “great” Jack Welch tweeted: “Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can’t debate so change number.” David Frum replied: “Isn’t Jack Welch about the last person on earth who shd talk about organizations manipulating numbers to impress markets?”
Still, Joe Scarborough quoted Welch, saying the numbers don’t add up. And from Conn Carroll at the right-wing Washington Examiner: “I don’t think BLS cooked numbers. I think a bunch of Dems lied about getting jobs. That would have same effect.”
Mark Levin: “Pre-election farce.” Stuart Varney on Fox: “Oh how convenient…five weeks before the election…” John Brabender, former Santorum aide, on CNN says they are “gaming the numbers.” A collection of tweets already here.
Romney in a release claims “this is not what a real recovery looks like.” He notes that there were fewer jobs created in September than in August—though those numbers could be revised upward. In general, GOPers are mad that unemployment is down. Fox is pushing the Romney camp&rsquos claim that the report shows that unemployment is actually at 11.1 percent.
Ezra Klein at The Washington Post wrote a conspiracy-debunking piece and then tweeted that it was “depressing” that such a piece was needed.
Here are the new numbers: 114K jobs created in September—and August payrolls revised upward to 142,000 from 96,000. Also, July revised up to 181,000. And September showed the first public-sector jobs gain in a long time.
Ron Fournier of the National Journal claims that with the jobs report Obama “wins week” despite his debate flop. I’m not so sure, as pundits have long hyped the impact of these reports—almost never proven in polls.
David Corn on the past jobs number revised upward: “I assume Romney campaign will retract all those press releases it sent out a month ago.”
More good news for Obama: Today’s Rasmussen daily tracking poll shows no bump so far for Romney from the debate. At least one-third of his sample comes from post-debate calls. Obama maintains the same 2 percent lead.