* Must read from Ed Kilgore: Why today’s bad numbers don’t change the presidential race’s basic dynamics, all of which indicate that this will be maddeningly tight until the end.
* Brutal: Dan Balz on how the jobs numbers badly weaken Obama’s claim to having answers on the economy, and why Obama aides have to hope against hope that voters will take the long view.
* What if focus groups found voters are not willing to believe Romney would slash entitlements while cutting taxes on the rich?
* Andrew Rosenthal says what must never be said: Mitt Romney’s ideas would make the economic crisis worse.
Here’s the idea: since jobs are the nation’s most pressing issue, and there’s an incredibly important presidential campaign coming up, President Obama and Mitt Romney can each present detailed jobs plans. Then, those plans can be subjected to independent scrutiny, and voters can support the candidate with the superior agenda.
* Relatedly, Romney again repeated today that Obama has no jobs plan. Jamelle Bouie reminds him about something called the American Jobs Act, and makes it simple:
The only jobs plan on the table right now is the one proposed by the Obama administration.
Romney would be proposing exactly the same things he’s proposing now if the economy were doing great.
* Not sure why, but it has now become a genre of political commentary unto itself to repeatedly call on Obama to propose precisely the approach to jobs and deficit reduction that he’s already proposed.
* Interesting suggestion from Matthew Dowd: What if none of us have allowed for the possibility that voters no longer think a president can fix the economy? I’d only add: this election may break all the old rules.
* Michael Calderone assesses the damage: Many news orgs covered the jobs numbers as a purely political story, with little mention of policy or how unemployment might impact, you know, the American people.
* The one common thread throughout American history is that the left has always been wrong about everything.
*And Stephen Stromberg has fun parsing the Romney/GOP argument on the individual mandate down to the bone, before finally giving up and accepting its profound incoherence.