Item: Tim Pawlenty has a lousy few weeks; NYT wonders if he's about to drop out.
Item: an awful jobs report is released; people start digging Barack Obama's grave.
Item: everyone has already condemned whatever is going to be in the budget deficit deal. Which doesn't, yet, exist.
Slow down, everyone. Yeah, the jobs report stunk. Does it mean that the economy will be awful next spring? No, not really. It's bad news, to be sure, and it's a hint about the future, but that's all. There's every possibility it could get worse...but it also could improve.
Yeah, Tim Pawlenty really did have a lousy couple of months: his polling numbers, fundraising totals, and debate performances were all underwhelming. The case for him, however, remains just what it's always been. He is, to be sure, legitimately hurt by Rick Perry's (still half-committed) campaign, but he remains a viable contender.
As for the budget deal -- I'll just repeat, one more time, that while it certainly makes sense for advocates to be pushing hard for their priorities, it's still far too early to condemn final results. Because we don't know what they are.
Hey, I know; this is altogether pointless and hopeless. No one wants to hear, for example, that everyone will have long forgotten summer 2011 employment numbers by November 2012. And of course sometimes the news everyone overreacts to is, in fact, important -- that's certainly the case with the jobs numbers. But, well, I guess I think we also need some people to remind everyone to not get ahead of themselves.
Slow down, everyone.