For Mitt Romney, the June jobs report can’t come soon enough. In the last two weeks of the summer campaign war, one little victory after one little victory after another has gone to President Barack Obama. Romney hasn’t exactly helped matters, making a lot of noise for someone who is supposed to on vacation.
But this morning’s jobs report will allow Romney to re-focus and begin talking about the economy again.
Let’s recap: A week and a half ago, the Supreme Court overturned much of the Arizona immigration law — and left its key provision dangling and open to future legal challenges — a decision that further complicated Romney’s message on immigration.
Last Thursday was another big victory for Obama in the high court, with the justices voting 5-4 to uphold the President’s signature healthcare legislation.
The Romney campaign has kept handing Obama victories on the healthcare issue this week, as it cannot seem to get its message straight. One day the individual mandate is not a tax, per a top Romney adviser. One day it is, per Romney himself.
And on Thursday, the Romney campaign’s health care messaging problem hit its apex, as the Wall Street Journal hammered it for “managing to turn the only possible silver lining in Chief Justice John Roberts’s ObamaCare salvage operation—that the mandate to buy insurance or pay a penalty is really a tax—into a second political defeat.”
We should also mention that Rupert Murdoch, the owner of the Wall Street Journal, has been none too pleased with the Republican nominee lately.
The June campaign fundraising report was a good start for the Romney campaign’s momentum. Now comes the jobs report, where Romney can look to hit Obama hard on what looks to be, at best, another shaky month after last month’s disastrous numbers.
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