Friday, January 6, 2012
You know, it seems like it was only yesterday — because it was — that the pundits and prognosticators were saying that the economy probably only added 150,000 jobs last month.
Surprise! Thanks for playing, folks, but it was more than 200,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate went down to 8.5 percent, the lowest it's been in three years.
The Republican reaction, of course, is running the gamut from insulting to a grudging admission that things might be getting better (although they're quick to say President Obama deserves no credit). But what else can you expect from the party of the 1 percent?
Meanwhile, another interesting story about numbers has caught our attention. It seems that the Romney vote total out of Iowa — you know, that eight-vote landslide — may be wrong. Rick Santorum may actually have edged Willard by 12.
Okay. We cats have to say that we wondered on Wednesday morning: How do you have 1,800 precincts, 122,000 paper ballots — many of which were hand-scribbled by individual voters — and come up with a definitive eight-vote margin without even one teensy-weensy mistake?
But, hey, we're talking about Republicans here. These are the same folks who in 2000 counted a bogus margin of 537 in Florida, had the Supreme Court put the kibosh on a recount — and who, despite being down by a half million in the popular vote nationally, claimed an insurmountable Bush-Cheney mandate to, um, start illegal wars and stuff.
Rick Santorum's wishy-washy reaction to this Iowa story is kind of shocking. We cats guess that either he's not that bright, or he's had no time to hire an election lawyer to think and act the way election lawyers do. (See reference to 2000, above.)