JOBS: The White House is girding itself for the release of June employment figures, which will show a relative paucity of private sector jobs created. In a way, the impact of this number has been blunted by expectation-setting and headlines that suggest the recovery might be fizzling. There will be a vigorous presidential response designed to show how engaged the president is. Reporters have been given a 12:01 a.m. embargo regarding its contents, but suffice it to say, it's a little like putting lipstick on a ... bad jobs number.
Bill Clinton says that Americans won't give President Obama and Democrats any credit for, well, anything until "they feel like winners." That's about as good a synopsis of the political environment as I've seen. Democrats can pass bills that are major, can claim that they're major, can posture as if they are major, can message as if they are major -- and ... nothing. The gauges seem to be stuck. Americans seem weary of the president's facilitating approach to the country, even as it has resulted in the type of compromise that has led to the passage of institution-changing legislation.
NO DICE: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates wanted his Afghanistan supplemental by July 4. He won't get it until the middle of July. He will not be happy.