Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Headspace and Timing - Or Lack Thereof
Sometimes timing is everything. The difference between scoring political points at the expense of your opponent and putting your foot in your mouth to the knee joint is often a matter of time measured in news cycles.
For John F. "Lurch" Kerry, Junior Senator from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, failed presidential non-contender, and Vietnam Veteran, timing has never been one of his strong suits. I could list his factual, verbal, and intellectual gaffes, but you don't have that kind of time, and I don't have that kind of patience.
Today, however, he was in rare form. He declared that, under W, the economy is faltering. And, of course, Lurch has a plan to fix it. Lurch always has a plan.
Lurch's major gaffe came not from his speech, but from the economic news which was released today. First came the news that the US Dollar hit a six-week high against the Euro. Then came the close of the trading day on Wall Street, where the Dow Jones Industrials closed up 136 points to 11,028. Oil prices fell and retail sales were strong. And of course, there's that pesky 4.7% unemployment rate.
Yep, Lurch, your economic analysis is spot on.
Here endeth the lesson.