Job numbers, Debates, Homecoming - yup, this Friday is all about games.
First up - the jobs report. The Administration had predicted about 150k jobs added, but only hit 96k, prompting this NYT headline:U.S. Added 96,000 Jobs in September, Fewer Than Expected.
"Fewer Than Expected." Unemployment stayed steady at 5.4%. And the August new jobs estimate dropped about 16k's worth as well. So what's the spin? For us, it's all about expectations - and the undeniable fact that Bush has overseen little but job loss over the last four years.
For them - we still gained, despite not gaining as much.
The rest of the day will be spent gaming the debates tonight - it's a town hall format and it will focus on domestic issues. I've seen Kerry work high school gyms and local firehouses - he does well. He can get folksier than you'd think. Bush, however, has built his presidency on appealing over the heads of press directly to the people. We'll see what shakes out.
Oh - and that homecoming game? Point Pleasant faces the 3d in the state Polka (wait for it) Dots (not making it up) tonight. Dots are expected to dance over the lower division Black Knights . . . .