Dick Cheney hits Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other GOP contenders. “Cheney accused Rick Perry of using ‘over-the-top’ rhetoric, chided Michele Bachmann for overpromising on the campaign trail and said that Jon Huntsman’s views on Afghanistan hew too closely to President Obama’s.” He also didn’t care for Perry’s Social Security rhetoric. “I think it’s a very important program, we do in fact want to preserve it for future generations, but we have a lot of work to do on Social Security and other entitlement programs like Medicare.”

The Packers throw President Obama for a loss. “The NBC affiliate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, WTMJ TV announced yesterday they will not be airing Obama’s jobs speech at 7 PM EST Thursday night. Instead they are opting for their own pre-game coverage of the Packers Saints game scheduled to kick off at 8 PM.”

The Democratic candidate in the NY-9 special election catches flak for Obama’s Israel policy. “Today, [Democratic Assemblyman David] Weprin was dealt a blow by fellow Democratic Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who endorsed [Republican Bob] Turner. Hikind said that electing Turner would ‘send a message to President Obama about his failed, disastrous economic policies and his reckless policies toward Israel.’” Well, it sure would.

Obama’s fans are dwindling. Gallup: “President Barack Obama earned the lowest monthly job approval rating of his presidency to date in August, with 41% of U.S. adults approving of his overall job performance, down from 44% in July. He also received term-low monthly job approval ratings from both Hispanics (48%) and whites (33%) and tied his lowest rating from blacks (84%).”

Al Gore on his Web site calls foul: ““Instead of relying on science, President Obama appears to have bowed to pressure from polluters who did not want to bear the cost of implementing new restrictions on their harmful pollution — even though economists have shown that the U.S. economy would benefit from the job creating investments associated with implementing the new technology.”

Republicans are having a field day with this: “Two years after the economic stimulus law, about one-third of the money authorized for an energy efficiency program has not been spent, a government audit found. The Energy Department’s inspector general said Wednesday that state and local governments have left as much $879 million unspent from a $2.7 billion program intended to boost energy efficiency and create jobs. That is a big change from a year ago, when less than 10 percent of the grant money had been spent, but is far below what the Obama administration projected when the stimulus was approved in 2009.”

Republicans are going to forfeit the chance to respond to Obama’s speech on Thursday. Jonah Goldberg: “Nancy Pelosi calls this ‘disrespectful.’ Disrespectful to whom? Certainly not the American people. Indeed, it strikes me it shows respect for their time. It also subtly highlights that Obama’s speech is a political speech.” Well, not all that subtly.

Republicans strike an optimistic tone, according to Politico. “House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) emerged from a 30-minute meeting with the GOP members of the supercommittee, who had been conferring in the office of the panel co-chairman, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas).”

In 2012 the GOP could have a clean sweep. “As the parties prepare for the 2012 congressional elections, Republicans have an advantage in the fight for control of the U.S. Senate. Fewer than a dozen Senate seats now appear to be in play, and almost all of them are held by Democrats, said Jennifer Duffy, an analyst at the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.”