By Chris Mattnews
“Let me finish tonight with this: it’s what you do with what you’ve got.
Question: Would President Obama be better off if he’d won last week’s debate, but then had the jobless rate spike up three-tenths of a point to 8.5? Or is he better off for having lost last week’s first debate but seen the jobless rate drop down below 8 percent, down to 7.8 percent?
A political pro will say: go with what you got. You got a bad break on the debate but a great break on the jobless rate. Sell it! Get out there and hit the bricks, buddy. Let the other side talk up last Wednesday night. You get out there and sell what we all got Friday morning.
Reagan got elected with a sun-blazing “morning in america” with a 7.2 percent number. You ought to be able to get soundly re-elected with 7.8 percent. He won 525 electoral votes. All you need to do is get about a bit more than half that: 270.
So it may not be time for a “got it made” attitude like we had before the first debate, but it’s a very good time for some sound, solid, professional confidence that by taking the right steps now, going full bore on what you have to sell, you will win this thing.”
“Mitt Romney says he understands the middle class, and that he knows it’s not easy keeping a roof over your family’s heads — as well as vacation roofs in San Diego, New Hampshire, and Park City, Utah.” –Jay Leno
LATER, “OF COURSE I CARE…”
THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE TIRED OF REPUBLICANS SPEAKING FROM THEIR HEARTS AND THEN THEIR HANDLERS MAKE THEM “WALK IT BACK.” THE TRUTH IS THE TRUTH…AND A LIE IS A LIE! THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE NOT THE FOOLS THE GOP HOPES THEY ARE.
RICK, WALK THIS ONE BACK…AND MEAN IT!
The U.S. economy picked up speed at the end of 2011, as consumers increased their spending.
Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the nation’s economic health, grew at a 2.8% annual rate in the last three months of the year, the Commerce Department said Friday. That’s up from a 1.8% growth rate in the prior quarter and the strongest reading since the second quarter of 2010.
Still, economists had expected higher growth in the fourth quarter.
Growth of at least 3% is considered enough to prompt hiring by employers. During the quarter, the unemployment rate fell to 8.5% in December from 9% in September. [Quote:CNN]