Ed already covered the deceptively-even-more-dismal-than-it-appears August jobs report from this morning, and with it coming on the heels of President Obama’s big nomination speech last night in which he mysteriously failed to address the country’s unemployed — you can’t plan that type of timing.
Ergo, Mitt Romney reacted to today’s jobs news with a rather apt metaphor:
President Barack Obama emerged from the euphoria of his party’s convention Friday and ran smack into the harsh reality of a bleak new report on the nation’s unemployment outlook. Republican rival Mitt Romney pounced on the disappointing jobs figures as fresh evidence that it’s time to put someone new in the Oval Office. …
“After 43 straight months of unemployment above 8 percent, it is clear that President Obama just hasn’t lived up to his promises and his policies haven’t worked,” Romney said in a statement issued as he flew to Iowa. “We aren’t better off than they were four years ago. My plan for a stronger middle class will create 12 million new jobs by the end of my first term. America deserves new leadership that will get our economy moving again.”
On the morning after Obama’s closing speech at the Democratic National Convention, Romney said: “If last night was the party, this morning is the hangover.”
You can say that again.
The Romney camp also has a string of new state-specific ad variations out today, capitalizing on the running “better off” theme and the pervasive concerns over joblessness. Now that we’re in the convention-clear with just two months to go, let the swing-state ad blitzes begin: