Did Friday's good jobs report doom Mitt Romney's candidacy? That was the dark question many professional Republicans faced this weekend with the news, announced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that unemployment has dipped below 8 percent (from 8.1 to 7.8 percent) for the first time in Barack Obama's entire presidency.
Obama's opponents did not handle the good news well. Former GE CEO Jack Welch tweated that the jobs numbers were "unbelievable." He charged, "these Chicago guys will do anything...can't debate so change numbers." So many right-of-center critics followed Welch's lead that Redstate's Erick Erickson cautioned, "I don't think it is healthy for conservatives to scream that both the polls and the jobs report are cooked."
Worse, on the same day of the report's release, Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham sent letters out to 15 defense contractors. These letters were not mash notes. They instructed the contractors to ignore an order by the Obama administration and issue mass layoff notices right now, before the election - or be ready to pay up themselves.