This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger
I agree with Mark Shields and David Brooks when they say that the jobs report is good news and a positive step. If we get a few more reports like this it will be good for Democrats because Americans will see that the economy is improving. More importantly, it will be good for the country to see job reports near three-hundred-thousand per month, several months in a row, and see many Americans gong back to work,
As far as the mid-terms, that 27-60 right track wrong track direction for the country, according to the Washington Post ABC News poll, is like a baseball team that should be a strong contender but is 10-15 games out of first place at the all star break. Not something that could kill your season by itself but is bad news and a problem that Democrats are going to have to overcome and bring down or risk not just losing the Senate, in November, but taking big losses in the House as well.
When a big problem in foreign policy occurs, President Obama continues to be criticized for getting caught off guard and not having a vision from which he can derive responses. Mark Shields hit on that in this video where he said that "President Obama is a great speaker but where he's lacking in foreign policy is an ability to make to clear what his vision is and what he believes."